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ERIC Number: ED186100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Design Patterns for Children's Environments: Synopsis of a Two-Year Research and Design Project.
Moore, Gary T.; And Others
The purpose of this project was to research and develop two design guides on environments important to child development: child care facilities and outdoor play areas, and to specify new, research-based criteria for the planning and design of these facilities for military bases around the world. The current paper is a synopsis of parts of this project. The paper summarizes the following: (1) the applied research methods used to generate the data-base for the new planning and design guidelines; (2) key findings in the areas of policy, planning, and architecture for both child care facilities and outdoor play areas; and (3) example design applications of the new patterns and criteria for the design of prototypical new facilities, renovations of existing facilities, and adaptive reuse of older buildings. The two design guides described in this paper represent a humanistic approach to architecture based on an examination of children's needs and the role of the physical environment in child development and experience. They are based on recent research in child development, environment and behavior, and architecture. The work also incorporates ideas on child care facilities and play settings from around the world. Most of the information in these documents, while generated for specific application in family housing areas on U.S. military installations, is considered generalizable to child care facilities and outdoor play environments for children. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A