In their own words: Playtime in Africa notes and sketches

Now that you’ve seen the official outcome of our Playtime in Africa charrette, we thought we’d share some of our participants’ own notes and sketches from the event.

From architects’ drawings to teenagers’ brainstorms, these documents record creative reflection, discussion and collaboration between people of all ages, disciplines and walks of life – just what we needed to kick the project into gear.

Getting started

Architect Stacey McMahan’s notes from the public discussion on day one capture some of the problems and potential solutions that underpin the Playtime in Africa project.

Stacey McMahan's Playtime in Africa journal Two pages from Stacey McMahan's Playtime in Africa journal

Stacey McMahan's Playtime in Africa journal A page from Stacey McMahan's Playtime in Africa notebook

Working together

Local teenagers brainstormed ideas for the concepts ‘Park’ and ‘Play’, and explored particular site features, including musical elements and treehouses…

Brainstorm notes from the Playtime in Africa charrette - Tree feature ideas Brainstorm notes from the Playtime in Africa charrette - Play ideas

Brainstorm notes from the Playtime in Africa project - Park ideas Musical play elements - group brainstorm notes from the Playtime in Africa charrette

…while another team collected ideas for facilities, services and outdoor space possibilities.

Ralph Sutherland helps take notes during a Playtime in Africa brainstorm sessionFlipchart list: facilities and services

Stacey McMahan takes notes on outdoor space at the Playtime in Africa charrette Flipchart notes: Outdoor spaces - from the Playtime in Africa charrette

Mapping it out

After brainstorming, we put our ideas down on post-it notes and got busy sticking. This process helped us figure out where each element should be placed on the basic site map.

Map and post-it notes from the Playtime in Africa charrette Post-it notes on the Playtime in Africa site map

All of this helped the final concept to take shape through refinements of daily sketches by the design team including project lead Ralph Sutherland, Architecture for Humanity design fellows Stacey Mcmahan and Ken Smith and KNUST School of Architecture students Kooko Odonkor and Emmanuel Ofori-Sarpong.

Planting and topography notes Playtime in Africa concept - chalkboard sketch

Annotated site concept for Playtime in Africa Sketch: Building plans for Playtime in Africa site

Alternative visions

Phoenix-based architect Lila Cohen couldn’t attend the charrette, but submitted this stunning sketch of an ‘armature’ solution. We’ll be working elements of her vision into the masterplan for the site. Download her accompanying text from our Google Docs folders.

Armature in Accra - concept sketch by Lila Cohen

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