Another playground contest….Build a playground in Thailand with GoPlay!

Bursting with playground ideas?  Want a chance to see them actually get built?
I’m incredibly pleased to see these new playground design contests springing up!

The latest is from Marcus Veerman and GoPlay! (previously featured on the blog) who build exceptional playgrounds from locally available materials in the developing world.

From the competition website:

The Playground will be built on the Thailand – Burma border offering joy, happiness and a better education to over 1000 refugee children who have crossed the border from war torn Burma.

We have spent months preparing a real challenge for all you great designers out there. The winning designer will not only receive $1000 dollars to cover the travel costs and help manage their design onsite but they will be featured on the Open Architecture network that reaches tens of thousands of design professionals, they will be judged by incredible designers on the international judging panel and they will make hundreds of children really, REALLY happy.

We believe that designers can do more than make better can openers, they can make the world a better place, one space at a time and this is a real opportunity to do something amazing!

This competition is open to anyone

Non-professionals, students, even kids are all welcome to apply. Anyone who feels they can create an innovative play space that will encourage a child’s education and well-being.

Registration deadline:  November 17, 2010
Entry Deadline:   January 3, 2011

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3 Responses to “Another playground contest….Build a playground in Thailand with GoPlay!”

  1. Michelle said:

    Haha! Thanks Arcady. 🙂 I'll just have to do my own blog post on it, I guess.

    Why are your readers so very quiet? Comments are fun!

    Thanks again for all the great reading!

    October 07, 2010 at 8:36 pm

  2. arcady said:

    Hi Michelle!
    And thanks, btw, for being my most faithful commenter over the first half a mil. 🙂 I checked out that playground and thought it was awful…funny that the tenet of minimalism is that form should follow function and yet this 'playground' was so caught up in its minimalist form that function was not only neglected, it actually became dangerous! Stunned that ASLA gave it an award. It probably won't be on the blog because I try to stay away from critiques in favor of positive examples, but I was glad to see it myself…thanks for pointing it out!

    October 05, 2010 at 9:21 pm

  3. Michelle said:

    Found something that would be of interest to you, Arcady: I would love to hear your opinion on this playground.

    October 05, 2010 at 5:13 pm

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