What is This?
An archive of play; with musings on place and theory.
The vision I have for Ludic Lands is firstly to archive, for an audience beyond myself, a compendium of resources I find helpful in understanding the phenomena of play in all its measures. Secondly, because play happens in places, and those places are important, I endeavor to learn about and document the characteristics inherent in quality play-places. These take names and forms innumerable, but are one and the same: places we play.
Parents, teachers, politicians, designers, children, adults, students, gamers, athletes, singles, couples, myself and you!
Play is unbiased. It is a part of all of us. It needs you, and you are exactly who this site is for. I aim to connect people who are passionate about play. No matter if you’re a famous play-guru or a hermit with opinions! Ludic Lands is not a showcase of my thoughts alone. I am here to share, and hope you will reciprocate. We are a community of caretakers, opiners, philosophers, historians and archivists – each of us also players. Together we will learn how to bring more play into our lives and the lives of others, so that we may enjoy them more fully.
A passionate proponent of perpetual play. Environmental scientist. Student of landscape architecture.
In my undergraduate years I began volunteering in a hospital program offering peer support and companionship to terminally ill teenagers, not knowing how profoundly I would be moved by the experience. This program led to my making volunteerism and youth support integral parts of my lifestyle. After graduating, a Fulbright Grant enabled me to teach and mentor students in South Korea. There I volunteered after school, leading alternative clubs and tutoring North Korean defectors. The more time spent with young people, the more I learned to appreciate the depth of human growth that is cultivated in the spirit of play. I returned to the U.S. for an MLA degree to pursue my newfound dream of designing play environments for children and teens internationally and, even whilst studying for my master’s, mentor teenagers about life, play, landscape architecture, the environment and design.
Grow. Explore. Learn. Muse. Share.
At its inception, Ludic Lands is the catalyst upon which I hope to position our communal knowledge of play and place and reconfigure it into an accessible, curated playfolio. I envision Ludic Lands carrying on into my professional career as a playscape designer and in its later life becoming a beacon of inspiration for aspiring facilitators of play.
“Your hands are like dogs, going to the same places they’ve been. You have to be careful when playing is no longer in the mind but in the fingers, going to happy places. You have to break them of their habits or you don’t explore, you only play what is confident and pleasing.”