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  • Play Space Design Challenge now open for entries

    Want to design a playground? Here’s a contest that requires participants to think like a child.
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    The works will be judged by a team of experts which includes the International Play Association’s Hitoshi Shimamura, noted furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue and renowned architect Marcus Veerman of goplayproject.

    Shimamura is a much sought after lecturer on the value of play for children as the Regional Vice President for East Asia of the International Play Association.  His official job title is “play worker” and over the last 15 years he has been supervising a number of adventure playgrounds in and around Tokyo.  Last year, he established Tokyo Play, a regional organization for play campaign and policy recommendation.

    Cobonpue is a leading industrial designer who is known globally for his signature designs that incorporate rattan, buri, bamboo and abaca.  Recently, his Bloom Easy Armchair received the Prix E’excellence Coup de Coeur while his Lolah Easy Armchair bagged the Outstanding Quality and Design Innovation Award at Decorex London.

    Veerman is a teacher and counsellor who specializes in experiential education and mentoring.  He has also worked with teenagers through the Australian non profit group Hands on Learning to build classrooms and furniture for local schools and communities.  In the past two years he has been stationed in Thailand where he is building and overseeing the construction of 45 playgrounds while actively encouraging others to do the same.

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