My brother Brian is graduating from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a degree in Landscape Architecture. He won this year's Best Thesis Award! =D Here is an abstract of Brian's thesis:
The Athletic Playground recognizes that a child’s medium for learning is play. Since play touches all the domains of a child’s development: cognitive, physical, social, and emotional; lets children relax their mind and body; and gives them the ability to focus, it should be incorporated into the training of child athletes. Incorporating play in athletic training for kids calls for a specially designed training facility. The Athletic Playground is an outdoor athletic training facility that carries a playground-like atmosphere conducive for PE activities and athletic training that incorporate play for children. It is composed of three areas: the Mindset Area featuring the Nature Walk and Lecture Hall where the children are trained mentally; the Movement Area featuring the Coordination Field, Multipurpose Court, Climbing Zone, Tag Arena, 50-Meter Sprint Track, Stair Sprint Course, Ascending Descending Sprint Course, and the Balance Obstacle Course where the children train physically; and lastly the Nutrition and Recovery Area featuring various sitting areas where children learn the importance of recuperation.