Playgrounds for Refugees as emergency response
Bar Elias, Lebanon
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Children's Right to Play enhances education

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Category:
education
Phase:
in use
Design:
The Design is modular, innovative, and co-designed through participatory processes. It is easy to assemble and disassemble.
Updated:
5 November 2015
introduction

“Ibtasem” (Smile) is a pilot playground project designed for Syrian refugee children living in the informal tented settlements of Bar Elias in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon. The playground was designed to provide a space of fun, relaxation, education and freedom for these children; a group who have been subjected to trauma, fear, isolation and boredom.

Ibtasem Playground

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Playground in use

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cultural and social context

The Syrian crisis is the world's largest refugee crisis for almost a quarter of a century under UNHCR's mandate. It has devastated lives and uprooted millions of people from their homes and everyday lives.

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materials and building techniques

The playground is designed so that it is easy to assemble, disassemble, transport and then either re-assemble or re-purpose. As it is intended that these refugees are able to move back to Syria in the near future, it was important to the partners, and those working in the settlement, that the playground be a temporary structure.

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image gallery
Design-Build Workshop 1 - structure building

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Wrap up exercise: Dance

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Agriculture Activity

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Painting the Tyres

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A child with a volunteer painting the basketball pitch lines

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Steering wheel game

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The team-Playground construction completed!

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Da Move providing training in basketball freestyle

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Inauguration day

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Mural explaining vision

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Precious smiles

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Upper floor

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Playground view

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Roof: Jasmine Plant Climber

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Seating Area

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technical drawings
Plan

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Longitudinal Section

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Front Elevation

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