HOPSCOTCH: Two Mile Hill Primary School
Re-design of school playground to create new space for learning-by-doing
'The Hopscotch Project’ at Two Mile Hill Primary School in Bristol redesigns and renaturalizes the school’s open public space: the woodland, or forest area, and the playground area. Taking the children’s game hopscotch as its conceptual framework, the proposed design unifies the forest area and the playground by spatially highlighting fields for activities and linking them to the decisions that are made in the Children’s Parliament: Which activity will occur in which part of the forest area? Who will be responsible to do what and when? The children’s ideas and planning skills are fully engaged as they debate such questions in the parliament and are put into practice in real space – in the children’s space. In this way, hopscotch becomes a tool whereby children learn how to negotiate shared space and care for resources in the forest area; at the same time, they learn about coexistence and, quite literally, participatory democracy in the Children’s Parliament.
Hopscotch is part of the Resilience Lab Art Program.
OOZE (Eva Pfannes & Sylvain Hartenberg) and Marjetica Potrč
Resilience Lab Art Program
Aldo Rinaldi & Tessa Fitzjohn
Bristol City Council
Akshara Verma (Ooze)