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Safe Niños: PlayScape

Winner - Bronze

Competition: Spark:Spring Concept
Designer: Emily Nyburg
Design Type: student
Company / Organization / School: Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design
Website: http://www.designmattersatartcenter.org/
Team Members: Anna Meddaugh - Environmental Design Behnia Rahmati - Environmental Design Ariane Fund - Graduate Industrial Design David Hollo - Product Design Marie Stargala - Environmental Design FACULTY ADVISORS Dan Gottlieb and Penny Herscovitch - Associate Professors, Environmental Design Stella Hernandez - Faculty, Environmental Design

Coaniquem is a nonprofit pediatric treatment facility in Santiago, Chile that cares for young burn survivors free of charge. Healing is the basis of everything at Coaniquem. The first part of the healing process involves a one-month stay. The second is a healing period that can take 20+ years, having lasting effects on the entire family. Devising ways to hasten the healing process is a global need, but is especially urgent in areas with large, impoverished populations. We envision a PlayScape adjacent to Coaniquem’s dormitory as a system of connected moments, built around sensory experiences, therapeutic play, and different levels of engagement to reinforce healing. Using the universal languages of play, sound, and sensory interactions to learn, explore and socialize makes the recovery process fun and thoughtful while exposing children to unique experiences that will enhance their lives. Our goal is to create a self-sustaining system that can aid in the recovery process of children in low-resource clinics and treatment facilities: ● Innovative Active Play & Exercise Equipment - to Support Physical Therapy ● Tactile Play, herbal gardening, and richly scented landscaping - to Support Occupational Therapy ● Engaging Sound Instruments - to support Music Therapy ● Shaded Social Space and Cultural Elements