Saturday, September 12 - Sunday September 13, 10am - 6pm
Occidental Park, 300 Occidental Ave S. 98104
Friday, September 18, 10am - 7pm
Saturday, September 19, 930am - 6pm
Seattle Central Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Friday, September 25
Surface Theory, 536 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle Design Festival events are free and require no RSVP unless otherwise noted.
Integrus Architecture in partnership with the Alliance for Pioneer Square want to bring PLAY4ALL! Embark on a self-guided scavenger hunt for playful "disPLAY" installations throughout Pioneer Square. Begin at the Integrus Architecture storefront or visit the PLAY4ALL website to find a map of current disPLAY locations. From there, it's up to you to explore! disPLAYs will rotate throughout the neighborhood for one week from Sept 12 - 18.
As designers of schools and educational spaces, we are challenging the common preconceptions of play and learning environments. In recent years, our understanding of play has undergone a radical shift. Play was once considered a distracting diversion from "real” learning. Now it is understood as a fundamental component of cognitive development. The more we learn about play, the more we believe that access to a diversity of quality play experiences is fundamental to support equity in learning. PLAY4ALL is a community-based exploration of how simple moments of play can encourage learning, and by extension, support an improved quality of public life. Through play, we believe people can find greater connections with each other and with their environment.
FRAMEWORK FOR EQUITY
In thinking about how to lower barriers to play, we have identified four PLAY4ALL principles:
In an age when our communities are divided in multiple dimensions, we believe play has the power to unite. Play is not just for kids – most adults will eagerly play if given an opportunity. Individuals who may not typically interact can connect through play and have fun in the process! In what other ways can play benefit our lives, both as individuals and as a community? What are your favorite ways to play? We invite you to play with us in Pioneer Square anytime throughout the Seattle Design Festival and to become part of the #PLAY4ALL conversation!