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RE:PLAY project – 2nd Press Release:

Može li Zagreb postati zeleni Amsterdam?

REPLAY PROJEKT_Kaja Šprljan Bušić i Iva Šimić Erjavec

Zagreb, 13 rujan 2021 – EU financira povratak prirodi dječjih igrališta u Hrvatskoj, Sloveniji, Srbiji, Crnoj Gori i Albaniji.

RE:PLAY (Redesigning playscapes with children in Western Balkans) je najnoviji projekt Europske Unije ukupne vrijednosti nešto više od 400 tisuća eura, koji ima za cilj Redizajniranje dječjih igrališta s djecom kao glavnim pokretačima projekta, i to ne samo u Hrvatskoj, već i u četiri susjedne zemlje zapadnog Balkana.

Partner projekta koji predstavlja našu zemlju je ured krajobrazne arhitekture, Kreativni Krajobrazi, na čelu s Kajom Šprljan Bušić i Ivom Šimić Erjavec, koje iza sebe imaju već jedan projekt koji izvode pri programu financiranog od strane Ministarstva kulture i medija „Ruksak pun kulture“.

Jedno od glavnih obilježja ovakvih projekata Europske Unije je suradnja partnera iz zemalja zapadnog Balkana, koja je u ovom slučaju spojila: Sloveniju (Društvo Pazi!Park kao voditelja projekta), Hrvatsku (Kreativni Krajobrazi), Srbiju (Udruženje “Škograd”), Crnu Goru (Gradionica) i Albaniju (Qendra Marredhenie).

„Svi mi koji živimo u urbanim sredinama svjedoci smo promjena koje su se dogodile na dječjim igralištima, ponajviše u velikim gradovima kao što je Zagreb. Posljednja desetljeća autocentričnog planiranja drastično su smanjila dječju sposobnost samostalnog kretanja i igranja u gradu, ponudivši im uvijek iste “sprave” na svim dječjim igralištima.“ primijetila je krajobrazna arhitektica Kaja Šprljan Bušić i dodala da to sve udaljuje djecu od nestrukturirane igre koja najbolje razvija maštu.

RE:PLAY Partneri žele kroz suradnju i razmjenu iskustava svojih zemalja naglasiti važnost dizajnirana prostora za djecu na kojima bi se igrala i osjećala nesputano i bez granica.
Ovaj projekt punog naziva “Redesigning playscapes with children in Western Balkans – RE:PLAY”, jedan je od 13 odabranih projekata (među 350 prijavljenih) i financiran je sredstvima iz fonda Kreativna Europa (2014-2020), predviđeno trajanje projekta je 3 godine, (finalno do prosinca 2023.), a ukupna vrijednost iznosi 424.947 EUR.

Svi partneri RE:PLAY projekta posjetili su prošlog tjedna nekoliko gradova u Nizozemskoj, gdje su svjedočili primjerima zelene infrastrukture i inkluzivnog planiranja. Njihov cilj je primjena takvih i sličnih rješenja i u ovdašnjim sredinama, i to kroz projekte koji će do kraja 2023.g. biti realizirani u svakoj državi partnera (Slovenija, Srbija, Crna Gora, Albanija i Hrvatska).

Konkretno, u Den Haagu se razgovaralo s tamošnjim predstavnicima grada o razvoju grada prilagođenog djetetu, a u haškom Zuiderparku su imali prilike vidjeti primjenu koncepta gradskih vrtova te svjedočiti koliko je važno educirati građane o prednostima sudjelovanja u cjelokupnom procesu: od sadnje, održavanja do zajedničkog uživanja u uzgojenim plodovima.
Vođeni stručnjacima za urbano planiranje, u Amsterdamu su posjetili nekoliko dječjih igrališta, upoznati su i s planom za ozelenjavanje betonskih igrališta oko 200 osnovnih škola, te vidjeli niz drugih primjera, koji će im poslužiti kao predlošci za ozelenjavanje dječjih igrališta i škola u svojim zemljama.

„Najviše nas je oduševilo podizanje „zelene svijesti“ stanovnika Amsterdama i Rotterdama, koji imaju male urbane vrtove na svakom kutku, pa čak i u najnapučenijim dijelovima grada.“ istaknula je arhitektica Iva Šimić Erjavec i naglasila kako vjeruje da će i Grad Zagreb, u suradnji s arhitektima, krajobraznim arhitektima i ostalim stručnjacima, krenuti putem zelenog Amsterdama.

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RE:PLAY project – 1st Press Release:

RE:PLAY project partners celebrate World Play Day – because play
matters!

Photo by Luka Vidic, Društvo Pazi!park archive

Zagreb, 28 May 2021 – Today, thousands of children across the globe are celebrating World Play Day. Abundance of opportunities to explore and play outdoors is essential for children’s physical and mental health, as well as their happiness, learning and development. Well-designed playscapes can create conditions for more enriching kinds of play to unfold and project RE:PLAY highlights the significance of designing playscapes by involving children in the design process.

Project RE:PLAY (Redesigning playscapes with children in Western Balkans), is one of 13 proposals selected among almost 350 projects which applied to the Creative Europe call for the cooperation project in Western Balkans. RE:PLAY is engaged in rethinking play as a distinctly human capacity which is currently underrated by urban design. It highlights the importance of designing playscapes with and for children, as they are primary users and should be co-creators as well. RE:PLAY partners are design professionals working with play design and participatory practices for children. We come from 5 countries: Slovenia (Društvo Pazi!park, Ljubljana), Croatia (Kreativni Krajobrazi, Zagreb), Serbia (Udruženje Škogled, Belgrade), Albania (Qendra Marrëdhënie, Tirana) and Montenegro (Gradionica, Bar). In the next 3 years (2021-2023) we will engage in cooperation and exchange of experiences, approaches and concepts on designing with children for children, which will result in the design of 5 new playscapes for enriching natural and unstructured outdoor play and guidelines for fellow designers on how to do it. 

RE:PLAY project is in full swing and in the next few months we are going to play and design together with children. Brainstorming, mapping, studios and workshops will be implemented in 5 pilot areas, working with different target groups: socially disadvantaged children, children with reading and learning disabilities, Roma and migrant children, toddlers and teenagers. Our main goal is the direct involvement of children in the design process and the exchange of knowledge and practices to be consequently offered to the professional designers in the Western Balkans in the form of new work methodologies and approaches. 

Children nowadays spend too little time outdoors. The National Trust research showed that children are playing outside for an average of just over four hours a week, which is half the time that their parents did when they were children. Spending time outdoors, especially playing, is very important for child’s health and development. Outdoor play contributes to physically fit, stronger and healthier children, who are mentally resistant, more confident and socially better adapted. Particularly important is unstructured free play and play in nature, which enables children to take risks, explore their curiosity and cultivate their imagination, independence and empathy. Therefore, encouraging children to spend more time outdoors is essential, if we are to give the next generation physical and mental health they need for life. For children to spend more time outside, we must offer them a suitable environment that will be close to their home, well accessible and safe, but at the same time interesting enough to encourage play. It is a task for spatial planners and designers to create spatial and material conditions for play and it is up to us to ask children what they really want. 

You can find us on Instagram using @replay_wb

Browse also on the websites of project partners: 

– Društvo Pazi!park (LP, Slovenia): http://www.pazipark.si/en/

– Kreativni krajobrazi (Croatia): https://kreativnikrajobrazi.hr/en/

– Udruženje Škogled (Serbia): http://skograd.org/en/home-en/

– Qendra Marrëdhënie (Albania): http://qendra-m.org/

– Gradionica (Montenegro): https://gradionica.me/ 

Contact information:

Društvo Pazi!park, Lead Partner (Ljubljana, SI) – Gaja Trbižan, pazipark@gmail.com, +386 31 889 210