Play Jungle is a play equipment startup with the focus to increase biodiversity by integrating suitable structures for child-friendly insect shelter in urban play spaces, mainly using nature-based materials. And thereby also educating the children about ecosystems.

Todays urban environments lack biodiversity and thus people are disconnected from nature and lack awareness about it. This has a dramatic negative impact on health, environment and the planet’s future. In fact, in order to have full working ecosystems, we would need at least 72% of living biodiversity, and today (2020) it has decreased to 65% and its still decreasing.

Our idea is To increase biodiversity by integrating suitable structures for child-friendly insect shelter in urban play spaces, mainly using nature-based materials. And thereby also educating the children about ecosystems.

The project incorporates mainly 3 EU sustainable development goals :

  • Sustainable Cities & Communities
  • Climate Action
  • Life on Land

Our Play Equipment are made of healthier materials like wood, Cork, etc.

For maximum benefit utilization of the insect shelters, insectary plants are grown around and integrated with the structures. Also for a pleasant environment, aromatic plants are grown in the landscape areas. The insects attracted to the insectary plants will also help the other nearby garden plants in their lifecycle as insects move around.

An example of insect hotels for creating the environment and attract more child-friendly insects.

For the educational part, we have interactive games for children installed in the system. Each play equipment is designed to have a few of these games related to its theme.

Our model fits in between the product and a service-based approach where the client chooses the equipment from a catalog and we further do site analysis for the additional features like plants, insect hotels, and educative games.

Our idea is to create a universal module, which can be aggregated and modified to create various play elements like slides, monkey bars, tunnels, and many more.

Animation of how we can build the equipment in accordance with the client’s selection. No. of based modules based on the cost and then have multiple variations

The next step is the site analysis where we identify the site and the factors affecting our modules eg- sunlight, wind, etc

Different areas of the site receive varying amounts of sunlight based on the surrounding built environment. These variations can be used to program the play spaces and plants in such a way to provide optimal conditions for the functioning of both components.

Product Catalog

After the site analysis, a set of play equipment from the catalog is prepared which fits best for the site and the user.

Fabrication Detail

Product Package

Assembly Process

 

ShapeDiver link :

https://app.shapediver.com/m/mb5-2


Contact :playjungle@mail.ru
Linkedin : playjungle

Play Jungle is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed in the Master in Advanced Architecture 2019/20 by

Students: Saurabh Singla and Vinay Prabhakar 
Faculty: Chiara Farinea, Mohamad Elatab, Raquel Villodres 
Teaching Assistant: Fiona Clara Louise Demeur