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Project: "Unity"
Company:Playworld Systems
Designer(s): Greg Scott, Gabriela Diego, Craig Mellot, Eric Tritsch, and Michael Laris , United States
Category: Other Products designs, Professional
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Entry Description: Now more than ever, playground equipment needs to be meaningful and relevant — meaningful to a child's developmental stage, relevant to the world they live in today. The design behind Unity is based on these principles and it propels the past into the future. Decades ago the Geodesic Dome was converted into a piece of play equipment and this engineering solution has remained the same until now. In fact, much of the population has played on one. We redesigned the dome because children aren't triangular shaped. Previously the exciting inside space was inaccessible and all sides were the same. Unity is made of circles of various sizes to move through and hang from, odd shaped openings add access to the center of it all where there is a special rope climbing feature. Rhythmic play activities create a ‘drum circle’ and bring variation to the circumference, allowing everyone to be ‘In, On, and Around’ the Unity dome. The structure provides everything needed in a climber with a multitude of challenges to increase strength, agility and movement planning for children of all abilities ages 5-12 . Unity is also a great place to gather, gain perspective from a different vantage point and play . But its greatest attribute may be its natural form – the dome gathers children together in one place, the open, barrier free frame allows children to see and communicate with each other. The various activities and levels of challenge allow every child to be a part of the play. In today’s world, there may be nothing more important than children being together, face-to- face, in the here and now, in the fresh air of the outside environment. Unity facilities unstructured outdoor play that helps children form friendships, create memories, and become who they are.

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