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FAIRE 2020

TAPLA, Adventure playgrounds for the past for the future

Aurélien Ramos and Gilles Raveneau

  Experimenting with an adventure playground for the very young in Villiers-le-Bel

Experimenting with an adventure playground for the very young in Villiers-le-Bel

Adventure playgrounds are a solution hailing from the past that came about during the social and humanitarian crisis of the Second World War. Though they have now all but disappeared in France, we believe they could offer an appropriate response to current sanitary, safety and environmental challenges.

These are spaces for free play where children are not only users but also builders. They are the polar opposites of safe and sanitized play areas as they invite us to acknowledge free play and to engage in it as a way of thinking and designing space in an urban environment. Children are directly confronted with matter and living things, will bump into one another and sometimes fall. They will get to learn that their surroundings can be dangerous and as a result to adapt, to assess risks, to pay attention to themselves and to others.

The assumption underlying the TAPLA project is that we can put to use these educational and urban experiments from the past to invent modern resilient planning methods that will allow us to think differently about the place of children in the city.

TAPLA aims to update this model from the past to the contemporary context. We have gathered a cross-disciplinary team bringing together archivists, researchers in human and social sciences as well as urban practitioners.

TAPLA aims to develop a network of experimental adventure playgrounds in the Île-de-France metropolis. To achieve this vision, we have joined forces with CEMéA Île-de-France, which is an expert in the development of active education methods and has the capacity to train an entire cohort of facilitators for these playgrounds.” - Aurélien Ramos and Gilles Raveneau
Project by  Aurélien Ramos, landscape designer, Gilles Raveneau, anthropologist, with Fanny Delaunay, town planner, Clothilde Roullier, archivist

They are supported in this initiative by Manola Antonioli, Rainier Hoddé, Nadja Monnet and Caroline, faculty members and teacher-researchers at the ENSA schools; Baptiste Besse-Patin, Florence Bouillon and Nathalie Roucous, researchers in the humanities and social sciences; Cécile Fabris, Serge Gerbaud and Jonathan Landau, archivists for popular education networks.

CEMéA Île-de-France
CEMéA Pays de la Loire


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