Edge of Play, Talbiyeh camp, Jordan
Date: December 2008 – present
Location: Talbiyeh Refugee Camp, Amman, Jordan
Research team: Children and their families living in the camp including those living in close proximity to the edge of play site. Educators and facilitators from local youth organisations (connected by UNRWA’s participatory Working Group (WG))
Febrik began its research through a training workshop (using Play Space activity manuals) with adults in the community focused on creative participatory research tools. Together we worked with different groups of children and their families, we defined the program of the social playground: in this case as a play space and a ration waiting room for women able to transform into an enclosed wedding space during the evening. The dynamic multi-functional structures, with an emphasis on play, spatially encouraged the children and women’s ‘ right to the space’ and a democratic sharing of the space by marking more clearly how and when the different ‘owners’ will coexist. It was positioned in a small open public pockets in the heart of the neighborhood.
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