Public playgrounds in Vietnam are being built from salvaged materials – everything from discarded bamboo and timber to broken boats – with the aim to ensure every child the right to equal play in the public domain.
In Vietnam, playgrounds are usually only built in wealthy areas and schools. But social enterprise, Think Playgrounds, is changing that by working together with residents, businesses and local authorities to take back public land and build regular playgrounds with a wide range of equipment made from recycled materials, such as tyres, straw and wooden boxes.
Think Playgrounds – which was set up by architect Chu Kim Duc and journalist Nguyen Tieu Quoc Dat in 2013 – has built 58 public playgrounds across the country, including over 30 in Hanoi, a dozen in mountainous tribal villages and a handful in the centre of Vietnam.
At the Think Playground’s base in Hanoi, which also doubles up as a workshop, there are stacks of recycled materials waiting to be converted into playground equipment. The team also make commercial play areas and made-to-order equipment to help fund their construction of free playgrounds.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea