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Connected Music Merry-Go-Round Playground - A new type of multi-generation communal space

What if we could encourage interaction amongst communities by creating play for young kids & allowing adults & elderly to join in the fun? A new form of Merry-Go-Round that uses kinetic energy to generate "exercise" music n is connected to all estate

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Inspired by the Roundabout Playpump that  uses the energy of children at play to operate a water pump, Connected Music Merry-Go-Round is a concept that uses the kinetic energy of the circular motion of the traditional Merry-Go-Round that kids love to play to generate power to a device that plays music. The concept is to encourage everyone living in the community to come together in a communal space that everyone of all ages will like to be there. The Merry Go Round used to be commonly seen but gave way to modern playing equipments around our living estates today. As such, this concept brings back our favorite playground with a twist, by allowing kids to jointly turn the merry-go-round, where their "energy" generates into music for their grandparents or the elderly to exercise. At different hours, different types of music can also be programmed to cater to different audience. Most importantly, it is also a connecting piece that connects by footpath to the various similar playgrounds located at different parts of the neighbourhood

How does your concept inspire collaboration between individuals, private sector organisations, and the government in an effort to create cleaner neighbourhoods?

It will be a communal space where people have fun and utilize. To ensure that they are able to continue to utilize the place, it will encourage the users of the playground to keep it clean.

How might your concept be scaled in a way that creates even more connections between people?

In our Singapore society, people these days are often working and rarely has time to interact with their neighbors. Injecting fun is probably the best way for people to come together and hence, how the concept works is to allow people from all walks of life and generations to come together. Parents with kids would definitely be the first, followed by the elderly too. We can scale the music merry-go-round by building other complimentary types of equipment around it such as sand, climbing adventure equipment etc. In a larger scale, we could build playground-connectors around the estates so that the playground are all connected and create more connections among people

How might you design a small experiment around your concept that would mobilise action?

Pilot a music merry-go-round with a school at one of Singapore estates e.g. Punggol since it is a new estate and around the waterways might be a good venue to experiment.

Evaluation results

5 evaluations so far

1. How easy would it be for citizens to get involved and take initiative for this idea?

Very easy; this would rely on ground-up participation from the beginning. - 60%

Somewhat easy; there are ways for citizens to get involved, but an outside organiser may be needed to sustain and grow this concept. - 40%

This concept needs to be led and maintained by the government or private business. - 0%

2. Can you build this concept on top of something that already exists, like an organisation, physical space, or system?

Yes. This could fold into, or extend from, something that already exists. - 40%

This concept taps existing networks for a few things, but also needs a lot of new processes, materials, relationships, etc. - 60%

This concept requires a new system to be built to support it. - 0%

3. After the initial launch and support, could this concept be sustained and cared for over time by the community it's designed to serve?

Absolutely! This concept is easy to keep going. - 20%

It depends. There are opportunities for growth, but it's not yet clear how the concept would thrive after launch. - 80%

Probably not. A lot of effort would be needed to keep this concept going. - 0%

4. Does this concept create community?

Yes. It naturally brings people together and inspires them to take care of one another. - 0%

There is potential to create a thriving community. - 100%

No. It doesn't galvanize people to come together for a common cause or interest. - 0%

5. Overall, how do you feel about this concept?

It rocked my world. - 20%

I liked it but preferred others. - 60%

It didn't get me overly excited. - 20%


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Just to clarify, the picture for this article is of an Empower Playgrounds electricity-generating merry-go-round, not Playpumps International, and is used to power portable LED lanterns for nighttime studies in Ghana.

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