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Vol.30, No.0, 113 ~ 123, 2011
A Consideration on Transformation of Playground Equipment for Children within Large Scale Apartment Complexes & Advanced Cases - Focusing on the period between 1970 ~2010, Urban and Suburban areas
박세연 Park Se Yeon
The apartment complex type was first introduced in Korea in the 1970s. These apartment complexes initially lacked quality playground space for children. Recently, however, there has been a growing concern for providing proper space and environment in which children can play and function. It is important that this space meet children`s emotional and physical needs as they grow. This study aims to present basic data for creating the appropriate playground equipment and environment that will enhance children`s social, cognitive, and emotional development outside school. Research has been done - taking into consideration type, structure, and material for playground equipment- in order to offer suggestions for the future improvement of playgrounds within apartment complexes, in both urban and suburban areas. For this research, first, a theoretical study was conducted to determine the correlation between playground equipment and play habits and preferences of children within their specific age groups. Further research explored the improvements that had been made to the equipment and playground area from the 1970s until today. Apartment complexes where over 1,500 households resided were targeted for this research. A comparative study was also conducted to examine the differences between playground equipment and area nationally and internationally. The results showed that was innovative and stimulated children`s imaginations. At times, the topographical features of play areas, for example near by woods, water, rocks, were exploited to provide a more natural environment in which children could play. Furthermore, recycled material was used for the construction of the play equipment and area. In korea, as apartment complexes grow in size, more space is allocated for recreational activities. Therefore, plans to enlarge children`s playground areas have become feasible. This paper offers an insight into the changes that equipment and the play environments underwent within a given period of time. It is, therefore, necessary to persue detailed follow-up research into the particulars of more innovative types of equipment and materials, suited to the landscape in Korea.
Key Words
놀이 시설물, 자연적 놀이공간, 상호교류, Playground Equipment, Natural Play Environment, Correlation
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