Play Perch

Sinéad Mac Namara, Larry Bowne

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For the Play Perch project, the school sought a collaborator with particular ambitions for high-profile design. Community service projects provide significant value to architecture education, because they expose students to the “social and psychosocial aspects of design” and “contrasting theories of aesthetics”. Students staged design reviews at the SU School of Architecture Freedom and at the Jowonio School, gathering critical input from specialists in early childhood education, community engagement and public-interest design, and offering precedents that might shape the direction of the design. Many students initially had to be convinced of the need for safety procedures on-site, but they soon began to understand the risk to their own safety, the negative example they set for children visiting the site, and the hazard to the success of this and future projects. Play Perch has continued to be recognized in academic venues, a variety of media, national design conferences, professional organizations, and published volumes; it has appeared in newspapers, magazines and online.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Design-Build Studio
Subtitle of host publicationCrafting Meaningful Work in Architecture Education
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781317307969
ISBN (Print)9781138121799
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Social Sciences


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