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The Urban Forest
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
The Children's Play area in the Urban Forest* is a small intervention in a park. The initial conceptual development for this playscape began along the lines of creating a forest within a forest. A space where children can meander through the foliage, interact with birds, collect at the foot of a mound, hide in nooks, climb hills or rest under trees and observe the surroundings from different elevated heights. This was complemented by strategically placed interventions encouraging play, which would aid sensory development and physical growth as well as provide multiple experiences for different types of play.
A palette of natural materials, namely wood, bamboo, hemp and jute as well as recycled metal were used in the making. These are materials that blend in with the environment of the forest, they age gracefully and are soft and gentle to welcome children.
Naturally occurring materials, especially plant based materials do not absorb or reflect extreme heat. This creates a comfortable environment, where objects are not too hot to touch or inhabit.
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