1st International Athens Conference "Play on Early Education"
Day 2:                       Friday April 12, 2019
08.45 - 09.45:          Early morning yoga class with Nicole Joannides (limited seats, booking required)
Morning Session:    Evolving Play Spaces
An effort to understand how a play space may develop by following children' needs & environment's special aspects, rather than the architects' desires. Is it always possible? We will also discuss urban vs natural play spaces. The session wil be chaired and coordinated by Yiorgis Yerolymbos.
Duration:                  10.00 am- 1.45 pm
10.00 - 11.00:  Keynote speech
“The Best Kindergarten You Have Ever Seen”
At this school in Tokyo, five-year-olds cause traffic jams and windows are for Santa to climb into. Let’s meet the world's cutest kindergarten designed by architect Takaharu Tezuka. In his charming talk, he will walks us through a design process that really lets kids be kids.                       
11.00 - 11.20:   Break
11.20 - 12.45:   Presentations & Discussion      
“Learning through Playing with Space about Space & about Play”
Let’s use space to play, let’s play with space. Let’s introduce space factors and be
more conscious about it. Preschool children would thrive in space design. Let's get them involved while we develop their own playgrounds!
They are open-minded, they have genuine uncontrolled fantasy, they can think out of
the box, they are sensitive enough to take care of sentimental parameters.
11.40: Stephan Buerger & Demetra Katsota (Austria & Greece)
"Grounds of Play for Athens"
The PXATHENS project based upon the recording and assessment of existing playgrounds in the City of Athens, formulates a strategy for their redesign and reconstruction. The envisioned PXATHENS’ spaces for play while offering the ‘in-situ’ joy of the discovery of nature, confirmation of physical skills, observation and exploration, social coexistence in an autonomous, familiar, safe environment, achieve, through their interconnection, the definition of a physical and digital network of play,to which everyone, -young and old- have unlimited access.
“The Best Day Ever: Forest Days in Vermont”
The 16 minutes film will take outside into the forest classrooms of two Vermont
schools where students are rediscovering joy and wonder through the experience of
playing in nature. The film presents an intimate view of the hands-on
learning happening outdoors; the thoughts of teachers, administrators, and parents
about the value of this approach; and the changing environments of public school
12.45 - 13.45: Panel Discussion
"Getting play spaces that do not direct play".
Yiorgis Yerolymbos will coordinate a panel discussion with Takaharu & presenters on how a play space based on observing children' non-directed, freely chosen play may evolve, either in an urban or a natural setup.
13.45 - 16.00: Lunch break
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