Pick-up-Theater
Access to Play in the Open Space

Access to Play in the Open Space

Fraeulin Hans:
Affiliation: Pick-up Theatre Graz, Childrens' Commissioner of Graz - Austria 1991-1996, Right to Play Convention

e-mail:hans.fraeulin@pickuptheater.com

  1. Children's Isolation in Austrian Accident Statistics

  2. The End of Happy Growing in the Countryside

  3. Back to Town: Individual Efforts to Make a Town More Liveable

  4. Official Efforts to Make a Town like Graz More Liveable:
    Examples: Oeversee-Park, St. Leonhard Beach, FRida&FreD (Hands-on Children's Museum), Guantanamo Valley Kindergartens, Schlossberg-Fairy-Tales-Train, Artscape at Reininghaus and Others

  5. Regaining Streets and Places for Play:
    Early Example: Kerschbaumergasse Prepared for Skating in Wintertime
    Old Men Playing with Cannon Balls on World's Gaming Day at Graz, Freedom Place

  6. Graz, City of Human Rights, Culture, Design and Bans

  7. Play forbidden in the Streets: Changing the Traffic Rules:
    Austria, Most Car-Accidents in the Motorised World and What You Can Do, T30, Vision Zero, Shared Space, Bicycle-Invasion, Play-, School- and Housing Streets
    European Court for Human Rights: Human Rights (i.e. Art. 13 Human Rights, Art.31 Children's Right to Play) should Overrule Traffic Rules. Artists as Avantgarde

  8. Participation of all Inhabitants Including Children and Disabled People

Keywords: Right to Play, Freedom, Participation, Traffic Rules, Human Rights

  1. Introduction:

  1. Children's Isolation in Austrian Accident Statistics

  1. The End of Happy Growing in the Countryside

  1. Back to Town: Individual Efforts to Make a Town More Liveable

  1. Official Efforts to Make a Town like Graz More Liveable:

  1. Regaining Streets and Places for Play:

  1. Graz, City of Human Rights, Culture, Design and Bans

  1. Play forbidden in the Streets: Changing the Traffic Rules.

  1. Participation of all Inhabitants Including Children and Disabled People

  1. Best Practice

  1. Conclusion

If you got a mandate like I had - independent and free of orders - you can do a lot for a better access to play - even change the traffic rules. But when there is nor more institution of children-policy, initiatives get asleep, and it will last a long time to repeat older successes.

There is to create an event-culture by the adults in our streets and places - more sustainable than before, not only pedagogically specialised for children, but also traditional or new. There are some worldwide events like Bloomsday or unknown games like Petanque that is not a privilegue of old men defending the republique anymore, but can be played by children as well. Street- and summerparties, fleamarkets, openair concerts, theatre and so on should be supported by the local authorities and not restricted.

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