Design Trust Futures Studio – Play is for the People

“The Communal Living Room” -
Yi Pei Square Playground

Communal Living Room

Yi Pei Square

Due to the densely populated buildings of the surrounding area, Yi Pei Square Playground naturally becomes a gathering space. The activities of the people show a unique sense and feeling of community. For example, the local elderly gathers here every day to talk and to chat; while children and parents pass through after school and often play for a while before going back home.

Design Process

The design process focuses on public participation. We allowed children to propose some park design concepts and collected opinions of the neighbourhood. In doing so, they become an important resource for our park design and provided us with invaluable input, including commenting on the kind of furniture seats they wish to see in the future park.

Public Engagement

The designer team collected opinions through three public engagement sessions, and have established connections with the neighbours. The team has also distributed questionnaires at Yi Pei Square in order to understand specific needs of the residents. Community workshops were held to allow children to participate in park designs; they drew out the parks they had in mind; designed collective games on the playground floor with simple tapes; and came up with their ideal parks with clay, demonstrating their love of games as well as informing the designers of the public’s own ideas. All in all, they will become an important source of inspiration for the park’s design, with some of the park facilities collectively designed as part of an onsite exhibition. The 1:1 prototype as part of the exhibition will also be available for future users to try out.

Final Design

The design aims to use color to connect the ground of the two squares into a "carpet" for play and to provide fun and challenging children's play facilities. The design also intends to utilize nearby trees for shade and to provide ample seating. The park will be more spacious, open and transparent; vibrant and at the same time natural and comfortable. Children will no longer be limited by space and can play in the“ living room” of this community, while other residents simultaneously connect and interact with each other. The process of redesigning the park involves public participation and increased community engagement. It will also be an extension of service to the community in hopes of connecting it even further.

Design Trust Futures Studio – Play is for the People
Presented by Design Trust


社區客廳 - 二陂坊遊樂場







團隊分三次活動收集意見,建立鄰舍關係。既在二陂坊派發問卷,了解居民所需,又舉辦社區工作坊,讓兒童畫出心目中的公園,用膠帶在地上設計集體遊戲,或用泥膠示範在公園愛玩的遊戲,使團隊能具體了解公眾用家的想法,取得設計靈感,投放入公園設計中。最後,部分公園設施將以1:1 原型模式放在場內展覽,給用家試玩。