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Designing for Children's Outdoor Play
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media. (Människa-datorinteraktion, Human-Computer Interaction)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9324-1994
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2016 (English)In: FUSE: Proceedings of DIS2016, New York, USA: ACM Press, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Children's outdoor play is fluent and fluctuating, shaped by environmental features and conditions. The article reports on a project where interaction designers and landscape architects work together to fuse their knowledge into working solutions for integrating interactive play in outdoor environments. We report on a schoolyard trial, where interactive play technology was installed as an integral part of a schoolyard environment, and discuss the interplay between technology and the environment that was partly natural forest and partly constructed playground. We highlight in particular the importance of the adaptability of the natural environment, how the combination of interactive technology and natural environment can contribute to the versatility of play activities, and how the interactive technology can both be useful for presenting invitations to play in such adaptable places, and enhance the adaptability for play in otherwise impoverished places.

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New York, USA: ACM Press, 2016.
Keyword [en]
outdoor play; playscape; interactive play technology; landscape architecture
National Category
Human Aspects of ICT
Research subject
Human-Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-283467OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-283467DiVA: diva2:919204
Designing Interactive Systems DIS2016
Digitala Fysiska Lekmiljöer
Available from: 2016-04-13 Created: 2016-04-13 Last updated: 2016-04-18

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