nature play
star 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW

Webinar - Transforming Cities Through Open-ended Nature Play

Tue, 3/13/2018 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Can’t wait for this year’s Sustainability Symposium?

Get pumped by looking back at an original recording from last year - Transforming Cities Through Open-ended Nature Play, Community Placemaking, and Rainwater Management. Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW. 



Within walking-distance of every citizen, imagine infill nature-playspaces layering programs, including biophilia and stormwater management into a citywide collection of veneer installations. The agile nature of these play designs, layered over concrete lots, leverages salvaged materials, optimizes stormwater management, and simplifies ongoing code compliance. A citywide commitment to playspaces can activate vacant lots and create a new local economy of playworkers. Transforming public school playgrounds into nature-based play yards can mitigate non-academic barriers to learning, like violence and trauma. Nature playspaces improve students’ classroom performance, helping to calm violent behaviors by lowering stress through interaction with natural spaces; unleashing happiness and healthy habits through physical activity, and expanding outdoor learning through STE(A)M based play. Behind these novel playspace designs is good science, grounded in field research and statistics. A multidisciplinary team of health professionals, researchers, information technology specialists, designers, and play specialists are collaborating to learn how play elements influence behavior and physical activity.



  • Identify economic benefits associated with veneer playspaces including jobs that may be generated through the play worker economy and the financial benefits of veneer playspaces that do not require depaving.
  • Identify appropriate methods for monitoring activity within playspaces. 
  • Identify three strategies for reconciling the seemingly opposing imperatives of safety and adventure.
  • Identify the dangers of play spaces that do not offer children the opportunity to exercise independence and imagination.
  • Discuss play spaces in a historical context. 
  • Identify four key trends that are emerging in the field of urban nature play.



  • Laura Hansplant, Roofmeadow
  • Meghan Talarowski, Studio Ludo
  • Meg Wise, Smith Memorial Playground
  • Melissa Muroff, Roofmeadow


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