The 13-Acres International Design Competition was motivated by the question, why are we designing schoolyards that could barely entertain a chimpanzee? The question was answered with 254 entries from 32 countries around the globe.
The schoolyard site was located in East Clayton, a sustainable community planned for 13,000 people, in Surrey, British Columbia located between Vancouver and the US border. The University of Guelph, School of Landscape Architecture submission explored the schoolyard as a site for ecological rejuvenation, expression and education.
The design combines indoor and outdoor classrooms, play spaces, parkland, forests and community gardens and facilities together on one site. The Play Program integrated a wide range of social, physical, cognitive and emotional play opportunities into the schoolyard.