On February 15th European experts debated (on February 15th) about the safety of (the) play areas in a conference (under the title) entitled «Present and future in the design of safe and challenging play areas» in the facilities of the Technological Institute – AIJU.
The workshop, attended by more than 100 people, with profiles related to the design, installation, inspection and maintenance of play areas is part of the European project Saferplay whose objective is the creation of a BOC (Baged Open Course) with the latest knowledge and advances in safety, design, installation and maintenance of safer and more challenging play areas.
During the meeting, speakers from various European organizations presented their particular vision of the design of a play area project studying its entire life cycle process: from the appearance of the idea, the development, the design and subsequent maintenance, as well as the use of new technologies as a learning method.
All this material will be presented on the platform Saferplay Open Course, the first open free online course on design, installation and maintenance in play areas. The course is aimed at architects, designers and landscapers, installers and maintainers, play and surface equipment manufacturers, risk assessors and inspectors, as well as students and teachers involved in recreational leisure areas, local / regional public administration, authorities of consumption and also in schools, nurseries or hotels.
The conference began with Pedro Pernías, developer of the SAFERPLAY project technology and currently Director General of Information and Communication Technologies (DGTIC) of the Valencian Community with the title «The use of new technologies as a learning resource to improve professional skills. » Next «Risk and play. Why is it important to take risks during (the) play? «By Nicola Butler, from Play England (UK), followed by «The design process in play areas. «Child in the city» concept by Magdalena Smetanová’s from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Prague (Czech Republic).
There were also other titles such as «Standards as a tool for risk management in play areas» by Helena Menezes of Risk Vision (Portugal) and «Maintenance in play areas. How to carry out a good maintenance plan?» by Encarna Alemañ from AIJU.
And finally Karina Pernías from AIJU with the presentation «Saferplay; Innovative training in design, installation and maintenance of safer and challenging play areas. »
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