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Yuki Kageyama: Exploring Japan’s Secret Hideouts for Grown-Ups | PingMag
"A base or a hideout. Well, whatever you called it — you can bet that you had one as a kid. But it’s not just about larking around when young. Hideouts can also be hubs for alternate ways of living, a refuge and a means of returning to a more innocent childhood world.

Hideouts are necessary spaces in everyday life and function like an abode. Since we are thinking about all things related to Japanese homes at the moment, when we heard about a new book by Yuki Kageyama called “Secret Hideouts for Grown-Ups”, we were intrigued to say the least. It introduces a range of examples from around Japan and also pointers on how to create a hideout yourself."
books  japan  architecture  hideouts  bases  yukikageyama  projectideas  classideas  glvo  edg  srg  2014 
september 2014 by robertogreco
Changing Places: Children's Experience of Place During Middle Childhood [.pdf]
"This thesis explores the role of special places—forts, dens, and hideouts— during middle childhood (ages 6-12). Natural settings have traditionally been children‘s special places. Research has demonstrated the importance of outdoor special places in children‘s lives including: helping children to develop and form bonds with the earth, and as locations for both privacy and socialization. The landscape of today‘s childhood is undergoing dramatic shifts and researchers posit that children‘s special places are shifting toward indoor settings.

This thesis seeks to understand children‘s experience of place in the Humboldt Bay region of Northern California. ‘Children-centered,’ qualitative research methods include interviews and an analysis of participants’ drawings and photographs. This thesis primarily examines how children‘s special places contribute to child development, place attachment, and environmental stewardship values. More generally, this thesis asks children to reveal what places they consider to be ‘special.’

Results build on previous research and suggest several findings concerning the significance of children‘s special places. First, children still prefer outdoor places as their special places. Second, outdoor special places are important for holistic physical, cognitive, and social development. Third, both indoor and outdoor special places are vital to children‘s emotional development because these places act as refuges and sites for emotional regulation. Fourth, children care deeply about their outdoor special places and express environmental stewardship values concerning these places. And last, special places facilitate healthy place attachments.

This thesis recommends that people who are involved in the processes and structures that shape children‘s lives recognize the value of outdoor special places and provide children with time, freedom, and access to natural landscapes."
place  middleyears  2009  chelseabenson  forts  dens  hideouts  children  play  outdoors  via:steelemaley 
march 2014 by robertogreco

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