Theses Master's

Playing Around Town:
 Site Selection Study for Play Residencies in New York City

Ma Siyao, Gertie

This capstone is produced in collaboration with play:groundNYC, a non-profit organization that advocates for and creates child-centered and child-directed play spaces across New York City. As part of their Strategic Plan, play:groundNYC seeks to strengthen their public space work through a play residency model across the city.

This capstone develops a site selection strategy for these play residencies for play:groundNYC through a two-step method: First, a play space accessibility index is developed to evaluate existing conditions in New York City using spatial and demographic data. Potential sites are then evaluated against a list of ideal play space characteristics to shortlist high potential sites for play residencies that maximizes play:groundNYC’s impact while addressing issues of equity.

The research adopts a mixed methods approach, combining qualitative interviews with geospatial and demographic data.

Keywords: children’s play in the city, play spaces, open space accessibility, site selection

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
Woodward, Douglas
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
June 12, 2024