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YOUR FORUM FOR PLAY, SPORTS UND LEISURE AREAS

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From the universe to the fairy-tale-castle into the jungle and back

Reflections on trends in the cultural history of the playground

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Promoting inclusion through physical activity, games and sports. Playground planning as an example for generating more encounter

In public spaces in particular playgrounds provide children and youngsters with opportunities to exercise in a playful way while at the same time they represent meeting areas. It is here where children and often...

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Physical activity at any time and anywhere – with and without fitness devices

The unsuccessful struggle against the "lack of physical activity" – “We should exercise more“. “We have to do more sports.“ – Insufficient physical activity is a problem which has affected our society...

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Playgrounds at leisure parks

Let's face it: The origin of even the most modern leisure parks goes back to the music hall, to public festivals on the village square where once or twice a year carousels and swing boats were built up and, maybe, also a shooting gallery...

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Why the Germans have stopped having children

Children = no money, no freedom, no career (?)

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Playgrounds and play equipment as marketing tools

Playgrounds and marketing? At first glance, these two terms seem to have nothing to do with each other. After all, playgrounds...

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Kindergartens - flexible movement areas for girls and boys

Three girls are shouting: "We are going for a ride!" while they are already galloping into the bushes. In the meantime two boys and one girl who are holding each other's hands come running out of the shrubs of the west side. Two of them...

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Facing challenges - How children explore and experience their environment

Children are always looking for new challenges. Instead of just walking on a wide pavement, they find it much more exciting to balance on the narrow kerb. And although it takes a lot of physical strength to climb that wall, it is also a triumphant feeling to manage doing it...

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About the important role of challenges and risks - Children need challenging playing areas to promote their development

In the classical sense of the term, the expression movement is often associated with sports and physical fitness. Nevertheless, the significance of the word movement includes much more than this. If movement is practised in a playful, self-determined...

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Playing and exercise areas from the development teacher's perspective

In order to build playgrounds which are not simply good but more or less perfect and particularly suitable for children, it is important to reflect on these three questions:
Why do human beings move at all? Why do they often do that in a playful way? And what should development-assisting playing areas look like, if they are to cater for this natural behaviour?

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"Sitting endangers your health" On the health risks of the sedentary lifestyle

"Is sitting a lethal activity?" was the title of an article that appeared in the New York Times on 14 April 2011. Its subject was the result of a re-analysis of data collected during a cancer prevention study; the purpose...

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Improved design of outside areas and playgrounds to improve educational promotion

What does the pedagogical-spatial design of the outside area of a nursery school and of playgrounds have in common with the evolution of mankind? The clear response of a scientist is: simply everything!

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The 2016 movement study by Techniker Krankenkasse: about physically active and inactive people

The Federal Republic of Germany is split: half of the population is not practising any sports at all. This is the main conclusion of the 2016 study: "Get moving, Germany!" presented by Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) in Berlin.

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What does the play of elderly people tell about children’s play?

In 2014, a senior playground opened in LaMarque, Texas. As a “motion wellness system”, it targeted the exercise of older residents. For this purpose, components...

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Physical activity plays a significant role in brain development

The health benefits of physical activity have long been known and are also now widely recognised. Yet increases in sedentary lifestyles mean we are becoming less and less active across the lifespan.

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Barrier-free planning and building for public transport and open spaces DIN 18040-3

The publication of DIN 18040-3 for public transport and open spaces in December 2014 completed the DIN 18040 series of standards.

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Barrier-free construction

According to Germany's Federal Statistics Office, 7 million people with a serious disability live in the country, equivalent to about 8.9% of the total population. The majority of them are aged over 55, and almost a third have even passed the age of 75. Against the backdrop...

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Open spaces as learning environments

Traditional playgrounds and open spaces on preschool and school premises can be designed to create multiple opportunities to develop children’s social, motor and cognitive skills. This is particularly important owing to the increased amount of time some children spend at full day schools and in order to facilitate greater inclusiveness among children.

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To promote the development potential of children it is necessary to design challenging activity venues

Living conditions and thus also the spaces available for exercise by growing children have changed out of all recognition.

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Design primer for sustainable schoolyards

Sustainable development is a terribly overstretched term and is often used in a way that warps its meaning. The Gestaltungsfibel "Nachhaltiger Schulhof"1 (design primer for sustainable schoolyards) hopes to make a contribution to meaningful use as part of future-orientated sustainable development and future-orientated education for sustainable development.

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The activity-friendly school playground − more important now than ever

Schoolyards and playgrounds are back in the news. Ignored for many years by urban planners, the introduction of all-day schooling in Germany has revived the discussion on how the recreational areas in our schools should be designed.

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Forms of legal protection against plagiarism

Every year, commercial organisations in Germany lose millions as a result of plagiarism, in other words, because of the marketing of forged copies or unauthorised reproductions of their products. In 2012 alone, the customs authorities confiscated items to the value of some €130 million because they represented possible violations of commercial rights . The need to provide legal protection of their products is thus becoming increasingly important for companies. This article is intended to provide an overview of the various forms of intellectual property rights and the strategies that can be adopted to prevent plagiarism.

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Exercise promotes important cerebral functions and accelerates thought processes

Physical activity is also good for the brain: it was announced at the 21st World Congress of Neurology held in Vienna that research undertaken by the LADIS study group has shown that exercise helps speed up cogitation and stimulates other important cerebral activities. Sadly though, it seems that memory is not improved by physical training.

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Why is space for play so important?

It is while playing that individuals feel free of restrictions; during play, they have much more liberty to act spontaneously.

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How leisure time wishes could become reality

Good planning is the battle won – Anyone planning today has to know more

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Demographic transition in urban development and sport

Demographic transition is the current topic of a great number of research and modelling projects. It is also a hot topic in the media and among the public. One of the underlying reasons is the fact that the topic has social relevance to every individual.