Master of Architecture - University of Newcastle

Michael Iserief

Michael Iserief

Catalyst: The Creative Commons

The modern world is stressful and unrelenting. Our modern architecture isn’t helping… It can do better!

Get up, race to work, work hard, run errands, eat healthy, work harder, go shopping, go to the gym, go out with friends, go home, get a good night’s sleep, do it all again tomorrow in the same stressful concrete jungle. This cacophony of activity, expectation and environment is enough to drive even the most resilient of us around the bend some days. How do we, as architects, help?

Tonkin and Whittaker note that “The role of play and recreational activity is […] a contributor for maintaining good mental health but also as a treatment for people with mild depression”[1]. This idea of play is fundamental to a good childhood; however, research is showing that adults don’t lose the requirement to play. So, this begs the question “Why aren’t there playgrounds for adults? […] Adults will readily play when given the permission and opportunity”[2] This project seeks to investigate where and how architecture can facilitate and encourage adults at play.

[1] Alison Tonkin and Julia Whitaker, Play in Healthcare for Adults: Using Play to Promote Health and Wellbeing across the Adult Lifespan (Routledge, 2016).

[2] Ibid.