The City as a Playground

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  • Title: The City as a Playground: Shaping City Space to be More Playful for Individuals of Any Age
  • Author(s): Anna Martyka
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Constructed Environment
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of the Constructed Environment
  • Keywords: City Space, Well-being by Design, Urban Planning
  • Volume: 9
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 2154-8587 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2154-8595 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2154-8587/CGP/v09i02/33-44
  • Citation: Martyka, Anna. 2018. "The City as a Playground: Shaping City Space to be More Playful for Individuals of Any Age." The International Journal of the Constructed Environment 9 (2): 33-44. doi:10.18848/2154-8587/CGP/v09i02/33-44.
  • Extent: 12 pages

Abstract

In this article, urban spaces in which people of any age can fulfill their needs related to entertainment and fun will be presented and characterized. The aim of the article is to go down the current of interdisciplinary research, elaborating on the assumption that cities should meet people’s every need, including those related to fun. Based on in situ studies and literature studies, it has been proven that the city can provide the scenery for different types of human activity, including the expression of its more joyful and relaxed nature, which is not a sign of its infantilization but a chance to relax and release stress. In addition, fun and games enable humans to develop their talents and creativity and provide an opportunity to explore innovative ideas, which is very desirable in the modern world.