Monthly Archives: October 2016

Constructing Innovative Skater-boarding Parks

By Tara John [1] Janne Saario says his life rarely veers from stake-boarding.  The breezy 33-year-old Finn has turned skating into a calling.  He’s become one of the few landscape architects in the world with a practice focused on creating … Continue reading

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Images of Cuzco and Sacred Valley, Peru

The vibrant colors and extraordinary shapes of eastern Peru are unforgettable.  They overwhelm the senses.

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Combination Soccer Goal and Basketball Standard

During a recent visit to the Sacred Valley, Peru, I observed combination soccer goals and basketball standards.  With the universal appeal of soccer and the growing international interest in basketball, this appears to be useful hybrid and a great addition to … Continue reading

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Playing Tether Ball without a Ball

We’ve installed a few tether ball systems in Uganda through the years.  The problem has always been tether balls.  We have been unable to find them in country, so we have had to bring them with us from the United … Continue reading

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Installing Playgrounds in Sacred Valley, Peru

From October 15-27, the Cardenas-Torres (C-T) family, teachers and students, villagers, my grandson Rees, and I installed playground equipment at 5 pre- and primary schools in or near Sacred Valley, Peru.  Two sites were near Calca, and the other 3 … Continue reading

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Quick Survey of Designer Benches

I’m very interested in the design of developing-country playground equipment.  And an important fixture of any outdoor playground is its benches.  Its a location where kids can observe and rest.  Benches can also be grouped to provide learning opportunities or … Continue reading

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Odd-Shaped Soccer Fields

By John Brownlee, author on [1] In dense urban neighborhoods, perfectly rectangular lots can be in short supply.  One solution?  Convert the weirdly-shaped lots, which blight the space between buildings, into beautiful–albeit unusual–soccer fields.  That’s what AP Thailand, a … Continue reading

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