Majid Al Futtaim plans child-led design for Dubai community project
A new initiative at Tilal Al Ghaf opens up new horizons for participatory design with playgrounds created by children, for children
Majid Al Futtaim Communities, part of Majid Al Futtaim Properties, today announced the launch of a new child-led design initiative in collaboration with the Royal Grammar School Guildford, Dubai (RGS). The Tilal Al Ghaf Playful Spaces project aims to develop innovative playgrounds created by children, for children, at its flagship community in Dubai.
To create playgrounds that are child-centric by design, RGS Guildford Dubai pupils of all ages will work closely with Majid Al Futtaim Communities’ experienced team of architects, designers and urban planners throughout the conceptualisation, design and planning process. The first phase of the collaboration, which is planned for early 2022, aims to capture ideas, develop concepts, and produce initial designs through a series of workshops with the school’s pupils that will be facilitated by design thinking experts. The output of these workshops will be assessed for feasibility prior to the final concepts and then design models will be presented to participating RGS Guildford Dubai pupils for feedback.
“The Tilal Al Ghaf Playful Spaces Project reinforces our delivery of sustainable communities built to deliver an exceptional lifestyle to everyone who lives, works and plays there. To be truly sustainable, however, communities have to be inclusive – and yet children are rarely, if ever, consulted on urban planning or placemaking matters. By not involving the younger generation, we miss a valuable opportunity.”, commented Hawazen Esber, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Communities.