April 2, 2021
Future100: Learning At All Scales
Through concepts for education and play spaces, these three students introduce innovative ways to design for children.
In design and representation, children are among the many segments of society who are overlooked in favor of more normative, able-bodied adult figures. These students have bucked that persistent oversight by conceiving studied, comprehensive designs for play and education spaces where children at different stages of development can feel at home. An open-ended, holistic understanding of child growth—physical, emotional, and social—pervades the cohort’s designs. A general appreciation for the importance of sheer delight is also apparent.
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