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.
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.
Local teenagers brainstormed ideas for the concepts ‘Park’ and ‘Play’, and explored particular site features, including musical elements and treehouses…
…while another team collected ideas for facilities, services and outdoor space possibilities.
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.
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.
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.