The Equity of Outdoor Play Environments-Focused on the Parks and Playgrounds for Children in Housing Poverty-

Da Un Yoo, Jee Won Lee, Ji Ye Yoon

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The Outdoor play environment is a very important space in contributing to children's health and development. There are considerable research activities regarding the quantitative distribution and equity of the outdoor play environment. However, in Korea, there are not enough studies examining the equity of children's outdoor play environments. In this study, playgrounds and children's parks data were created and collected using the ArcGIS Pro program to confirm the quantitative differences in outdoor play environments according to the distribution of children in housing poverty in Seoul. By analyzing the spatial distribution pattern of children in housing poverty in Seoul, a total of 26 administrative boundaries were selected as the site. The number and area of play environments for each group was calculated and compared. As a result of the analysis, the low-group with a significant number of children in housing poverty suffered a double deficiency compared to the mid-or high-group in terms of the number, area, density of playgrounds and area of children's parks. To overcome such inequity, it is necessary to supply outdoor play environments more equitably in terms of multidimensional aspects such as the number, area, and density. In addition, it is necessary to consider the area of residence, the number of children, and the main housing type.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-217
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Architectural Institute of Korea
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2022

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  • Children in Housing Poverty
  • Children’s Park
  • Equity
  • Outdoor Play Environment
  • Playground


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