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dsȷ Play Institute

PLAYGROUNDS BASED ON USER EVIDENCE

What does it take to make the world’s best playgrounds? What are the best play motivators for children to play, stay and come back again and again? Which designs inspire children to play and develop physically, social-emotionally and cognitive-creatively? These are the main research and innovation questions of the dsȷ Play Institute.

The dsȷ Play Institute is dsȷ’s unit of play specialists, dedicated to developing, documenting and researching play and playgrounds. The dsȷ Play Institute has been part of developing, researching and advocating playgrounds for dsȷ since the 1980s.

The main work areas of the dsȷ Play Institute are:

Research in playground and child development

Testing and documentation of play designs with children of all abilities

White papers, publications and research on playground-specific topics

Consultancy and advocacy on playgrounds and city planning for play

 

INNOVATION WITH THE PLAY INSTITUTE

Play changes as times and lifestyles change, but children remain constant play experts in an evolving world. Successful play designs are based on their input, combined with a specialist insight into the ongoing changes in child development. Thorough research and a respectful mindset of carefully listening to and observing children at play are the corner stones of dsȷ’s play innovation.

The dsȷ Play Institute follows and conducts continuous research into play benefits and child development. These insights lie behind the briefs for play innovation. Documenting the play value and child benefits of play is a main expertise of the Institute. It cooperates with special design units within dsȷ and tests prototypes with children, documenting the effects of playground play. Child approval and specialist documentation of play value throughout the design process ensures that dsȷ equipment stands the test of attraction, retention and play value.

MEET THE PLAY INSTITUTE

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Jeanette Fich Jespersen

Head of dsȷ Play Institute

M.A. of Nordic and Anglosaxon Philology, University and College teacher.

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Suzanne Quinn

Manager dsȷ Play Institute

PhD. Early childhood learning, Senior lecturer

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Stine Magnussen

Project Manager, dsȷ Play Institute

Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration, University of Southern Denmark

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Thea Toft Amholt

PhD Student, dsȷ Play Institute

Master of Science in Psychology, University of Copenhagen