Places of Play

Veera Moll, Essi Jouhki

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Abstract

Sandboxes, swings and slides are considered integral and almost self-evident aspects of the modern urban environment. However, the actual process of building children’s play spaces has been overlooked in Finnish urban history studies. With the rapid urbanization of the 1970s, built play spaces became a topic of public discussion. Child protection advocates and planners raised the issue of children’s right to safe and versatile play spaces. This article addresses the issue head-on by asking how children’s spatial needs and built play spaces were considered in urbanizing Finland in the 1970s. Moreover, the article focuses on public, supervised playgrounds in Helsinki as an illustrative example of urban planning for children. We argue that developing the infrastructure of play spaces caused children to be more visible and taken more seriously in the planning of urban environments.
Translated title of the contributionPlaces of Play
Original languageFinnish
Pages (from-to)10-32
Number of pages23
JournalYhdyskuntasuunnittelu - Finnish Journal of Urban Studies
Volume59
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sep 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • playground
  • supervised playgroud
  • children
  • urban planning
  • 1970s
  • urban history of Finland

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