The Irvine Adventure Playground
Three community forces joined to re-create the Adventure Playground located near the University of
California - Irvine: the grassroots activists, community workshops, and the city staff. They helped bring
this children's sanctuary back to life and recreate the fun-loving atmosphere for children around the
This course provides a brief introduction to adventure playgrounds, the ecological and planning
constraints that gave context to the redesigned playground, and the collaborative design process that is
giving form to a new kind of adventure play.
Leading the presentation is Claire Latané, Senior Associate at Mia Lehrer + Associates and also a writer
with passion for topics related to landscape architecture and playgrounds.
Parks & Recreation
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. Understand the impact of play and playground design on children
2. Comprehend design constraints that landscape architects face when doing a playground redesign
3. Understand ways to make the design process a collaborative process to inform the design process
Claire Latane, Senior Associate - Mia Lehrer + Associates
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