OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign Up / Login or Learn more

Recycled Amusement parks for children that are all inclusive.

Play is an essential part of creativity and children can be engaged in creating their own playgrounds using what is around their environment

Photo of Ruganzu Bruno
21 15

Written by


To begin with, I started a not for profit company Ecoart Uganda that aims at creating enviromental awareness through art.Ecological Art or “Eco Art” is a contemporary form of environmental art created by artists who are concerned about local and global environmental situations, and who take art making to a functional format.My idea is creating more recycled playgrounds with the children ideas. This is something I started in 2011 and we just completed a playground for children with disabilities that was generated from the ideas of the children themselves using waste materials and as such we engage a discussion on climate change, Play and sustainability. My idea creates ownership of the play areas by the end users themselves and in East Africa, a lot of schools, communities lack play facilities which we could use these ideas to be replicated all over the world.




  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda


  • Yes, for more than one year.


  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

Currently, a Master student at Oslo and Akershus University college where the thesis is about the field work carried out in Uganda at the Kampala school of physically handicapped, creating an all inclusive playscape with the ideas of the children. Art critic Bernard Berenson theorized that creativity begins “with the natural genius of childhood and the ‘spirit of place.’ “Ruganzu Bruno, is an eco-artist from Uganda committed to creating environments which support healthy childhoods. He is transforming space, waste and environment by creating playground elements around the world utilizing salvaged wasted. He is altering the landscape the lives of youth in the slums of Kampala, Nairobi providing children the opportunity to play, learn, explore and engage in a new way in their urban environment. Two playscapes in North Carolina with the help of local communities.  Through his play interventions, he addresses the global mental and physical challenges universal to urban communities, due to the lack of play and connection with the natural world.

Ruganzu has been residence artist at McColl Center for Art + Innovation as ArtPlace America Environmental Artist-in-Residence. He created a sculptural play element that responds to environmental changes and also mitigate runoff at the Art&Ecology Campus at Brightwalk. Committed to social engagement and art which addresses a community’s needs, Ruganzu also lead workshops, work with students, teachers and residents leading experiences which provide experiential learning opportunities on utilizing salvaged materials to create learning experiences, business innovation and art.

Trained as a painter and sculptor, Ruganzu Bruno is the founding curator of TEDxKampala, the winner of the the first City 2.0 Award in 2012 and a lecturer in the department of Art&Design at Kyambogo University. He also is the recipient 2011 Young Achievers Award (Art, Fashion and Culture) winner, 2011 Planet Women Photography Competition(Uganda) winner, Rio+20 Plasticity International competition (Capturing Gold category) award 2012. The project took second place in Visible Awards 2015.


Join the conversation:

Photo of Marcus Veerman

Dear Ruganzu Bruno How is the planning going? Have you spoken to the non profit "East african playgrounds". we have supported them for years and they are one of the best playground building non profits in the world. Please contact Tom and Carla as I am sure they would be interested in talking with you too.

View all comments