Introducing Design for Play: Ten Design Principles

Design for Play includes 10 design principles which are at the core of a fresh, design-led approach to commissioning, and which are encapsulted in one ‘golden rule’:

‘A successful play space is a place in its own right, specially designed for its location. Designers should take a holistic perspective on designing for play. Play opportunities should be embedded in the site as a whole.’


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