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play + nature + water


our vision

Roofmeadow and Studio Ludo are partnering to transform underutilized sites into inspired terrains for nature play. These veneer playscapes manage rainfall; build the local economy; balance the urban ecology, and provide a great place to play for all ages. This is the Ludomeadow model.

about us

Roofmeadow is an award-winning landscape architectural and civil engineering firm, specializing in inventive designs for green roofs and veneer landscapes. Studio Ludo is an award-winning 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is building better play through research, design and advocacy.

our work

Together, we craft community-centric playgrounds over concrete lots, brownfields, and shallow infrastructure. Ludomeadow play spaces satisfy Philadelphia’s stormwater regulations and comply with local and national playground safety requirements. Playgrounds need not cost a million dollars, and everyone should have access to a great place to play. We advocate for strategic investments in human and natural capital; creative use of salvaged and natural materials, and the formation of a local, shared economy of parktenders and play workers.


play adventure

Play spaces should encourage risk-taking and adventure, appearing novel and even dangerous, while still remaining safe. Bumps and scrapes are part of all play experiences and facilitate growth and development.

movement

The best play spaces foster physical activity and openended, spontaneous, non-prescriptive play. Moving your body facilitates learning, unleashes happiness and contributes to a lifetime of good health.

play for all

Play spaces should provide opportunities for everyone, regardless of age, to laugh out loud, push limits, and build relationships, all within walking distance of their front door. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” - George Bernard Shaw


nature habitat

Weaving local habitats throughout play spaces enhances the joy of discovery and reintroduces the regional ecology into the urban core. All creatures, including humans, crave balanced ecosystems of plants, water, and animal life.

biophilia

Our deep affiliation with nature is rooted in our biology; research suggests that just seeing a tree reduces stress. Exposure to seasonal cycles and sensory experiences of nature increases well-being and fosters deep connections to the natural world and to each other.

veneer greening

Shade trees, rain gardens, meadows, rolling lawns and mini-rivulets layered onto barren urban lots can create thin, vibrant nature-play spaces anywhere. Even over concrete, veneer greening can create natural refuges without the need to demolish and dispose of pavement.


water management

Healthy cities manage rainwater in their green spaces. Nature play spaces can be engineered to maximize the storage and evaporation of stormwater. Special soils, artificial terrains, native trees and perennials can work together to absorb and evaporate rainwater naturally.

conservation

Smart design and native, drought-tolerant plants suitable for the natural fall and flow of water on-site can help to reduce the need for irrigation from potable sources. Irrigation systems will rely mainly on rainwater stored in discrete onsite cisterns.

interaction

Rainwater is a resource that should be celebrated. With a simple treatment regimen, rainwater can and should be used for play. No child can resist jumping in a puddle or building stick boats to race in gutters. Swales, pumps and runnels and sluices can add to the fun.


play + natu waterloo rebosante This project was a winner in the 2015 International PlaySpace Competition and was featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine. The playground rebuild is scheduled for completion in late 2017.

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design strategy portable

The Play Parklet won the 2016 KaBOOM! Play Everwhere Challenge. The design creates a whimsical, blooming, portable “play cove� in University City that artfully weaves nature play with stormwater management. This project was featured in The Atlantic.

scalable

Our projects range from hyper-local neighborhood play spaces to large destination rec centers and playgrounds. No matter the size, they draw all ages to delight in the artful integration of the Ludomeadow kit of parts; cloud climbers, meadow-hammocks, repurposed tree trunks, rock rivulets and scrambles, rainwater sluices and more.

economical

Collaborations with local recycling resources allow us to repurpose salvaged pieces into play elements, dynamically evolving play experiences over time. Ludomeadows also bolster the local, shared economy by promoting trained playworkers and parktenders.


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research assessments/studies

Studio Ludo has built a knowledge base of play by conducting numerous studies, such as their London Study of Playgrounds, which documented play behaviors of over 15,000 people in a six month period. In addition, Studio Ludo conducts site assessments before and after every project is built, to understand the impacts of the design of the built environment on physical activity and social health in children and adults.

engineering/testing

Roofmeadow regularly refines its performance models, design details, specifications, and materials through pilot projects, testing, materials research, and long-term performance tracking of two decades of green roofs. Drawing from its field-tested plant list, horticultural choices are adapted to regional environments, client expectations, and site characteristics. Roofmeadow engineers the stabilization of play elements into veneer landscapes, allowing children to safely spring into nature-adventure play.


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