50 PARJAP Congress 2024

Afamour present with its associates at PARJAP 2024

14 May 2024 present

The AEPJP and the City Council of Pamplona organized the 50 PARJAP Pamplona Congress 2024, under the title 'Nature-Based Solutions: una apuesta de futuro’, en el que AFAMOUR estuvo presente con algunos de sus asociados.

¿Qué es el PARJAP?

El PARJAP es el principal evento nacional de la jardinería pública, en el se dan encuentro empresas de jardinería, personal técnico de la administración pública, responsables de empresas de mantenimiento y conservación, consultoras, y demás personas interesadas. A lo largo de tres jornadas se encontraron conocimientos y buenas prácticas sobre las llamadas SBN (Soluciones Basadas en la Naturaleza), I mean, en el estudio de cómo emplear los enfoques, acciones o procesos que utilizan los principios de la naturaleza para resolver problemas relacionados con la gestión territorial y urbana como la adaptación al cambio climático, la gestión de los recursos, la seguridad alimentaria o la calidad del aire y el entorno.

50 PARJAP congress, fotografía de la presidenta de Afamour y uno de sus socios, escofet

Asociados de AFAMOUR presentes en el PARJAP

Durante todo el congreso, 27 empresas vinculadas al ámbito de la jardinería y la sostenibilidad expusieron en sus stands el uso de las Soluciones Basadas en la Naturaleza como apuesta de futuro para conseguir ciudades más ecológicas y habitables. Entre estos 27 stands, pudimos encontrar 3 de asociados de AFAMOUR: Isaba, Ases XXI y Escofet.

Equipo de Ases XXI en el 50 PARJAP Congress 2024

Además de ellos, diversos asociados de Afamour llegaron hasta Pamplona para visitar este 50 PARJAP Congress, entre los que encontramos:

  • Kompan
  • Sanpe Engineering
  • Agapito Industries
  • Conalsa
  • Maderplay
  • Hags

Kompan España presente en Parjap 2024 en Pamplona

Green City

Afamour, present at the TECMA fair 2024 Madrid

8 Mar 2024 present

Afamour, present at the TECMA fair 2024 Madrid

The Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Urban Furniture and Children's Playgrounds will share its news and innovation in the sector during the International Urban Planning and Environment Fair, held at IFEMA, Madrid, of the 18 to the 20 June, June, 2024.

At the epicentre of initiatives leading urban transformation in waste management, Environment and urban planning, TECMA is positioned as a meeting place for innovative technologies and business collaboration at an international level. The IFEMA exhibition centre will be the meeting point where experts will converge, Companies and leaders committed to building a more sustainable future.

 

Showroom

Associated companies from the street furniture and playground sector will bring the AFAMOUR showroom to life. In this space, the partners and professionals of these companies will share the most innovative and efficient products for the creation of playgrounds and training areas. All this, with the aim of being an active part of the transformation of cities that aspire to be more sustainable, Healthy, Accessible, inclusive and participatory.

 

feria afamour miren jiménez azpilicueta

 

Program

Throughout the three days of the fair, different activities will be carried out, including:

  • Cities Forum: Meeting with the participation of top-level experts in city management to analyze urban transformations for a new social organization.
  • Second edition of the "Tree Award": Award dedicated to good design and management practices in the renaturalization of urban environments.
  • XIX Silver Broom Contest, Gold & Platinum 2024: A competition that gives value to those actions carried out to improve our environment and that are committed to sustainability.
  • TECMA Zero Waste: initiative that seeks to give visibility to the most innovative technology of machinery and vehicles for cleaning and collection of eco-efficient MSW.
  • 21º National Congress on Recovery and Recycling: organized by the Spanish Recovery Federation, and in which more than 500 Professional, It seeks to generate sustainable solutions that allow us to build a better future, minimizing environmental impact and promoting the efficient use of resources.

Green City

AEPJP and AFAMOUR Technical Conference

Afamour will participate in the first Technical Conference on the equipment of public spaces

19 Jan 2024 present

AFAMOUR WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE FIRST TECHNICAL CONFERENCE ON THE EQUIPMENT OF PUBLIC SPACES: Accessibility, Inclusion & Equity, Future and Present of Recreational Areas.

 

The AEPJPJ and AFAMOUR associations, (Spanish Association of Public Parks and Gardens, and Association of Street Furniture and Playground Manufacturers) in collaboration with the Tres Cantos City Council and PreZero, Environmental Solutions Company, are pleased to announce the celebration of a one-of-a-kind Technical Conference, which will address the challenges and opportunities in equipping public spaces with a special focus on Accessibility, Inclusion & Equity. The event will take place on Wednesday 7 February 2024, in the morning of 9:00 to 14:00, at the Adolfo Suárez Municipal Cultural Center Theater, Pl. of the City Council 2, Three Songs, Madrid.

The main objective of the Technical Conference is to explore the present and future of recreational areas from the perspective of universal accessibility, inclusion and equity. Bringing together leading practitioners and subject matter experts, The conference will offer a comprehensive and detailed overview of current challenges and innovative solutions.

 

AEPJP and AFAMOUR Technical Conference

 

Programme of the day

During the Journey, There will be several presentations, addressing highly topical issues such as universal accessibility in parks, Gardens and green areas; Inclusion and equity in children's areas, Training & Water Games; The circular economy in the field of street furniture; or the duties and obligations of local public administrations for the fulfilment of universal accessibility. At last, The Conference will conclude with a round table in which, Experts in the field of accessibility, together with representatives of associations and municipal officials, will discuss the realities and difficulties of the sector to guarantee the overall use and enjoyment of municipal parks, from the perspective of accessibility and sustainability.

DOWNLOAD PROGRAM HERE

 

AEPJP and AFAMOUR Technical Conference

 

Call

This conference is open to professionals in the sector; Project managers for recreational and sports areas in public entities; Technical managers of urban planning and architects, Engineering and construction technicians who manage projects and installations in public spaces; political and elected officials involved in park areas, Sport & Street Furniture; Heads of associations and/or groups of people with accessibility and inclusion requirements; Designing and producing companies of game elements, Training and street furniture for public use; and to all interested audiences.

Registration for the event, which is free and open to the public if previously carried out, on the AEPJP website: Registration for the public spaces 2024 | Aepjp
The AFAMOUR Accessibility Guide, It is available in: https://www.afamour.com/guia-completa-accesibilidad-afamour/

 

AEPJP and AFAMOUR Technical Conference

Accessibility of the environment

Accessibility of the environment: Delimitation, entrance, Signage and interior circulation.

18 Dec 2023 present

Creating accessible leisure spaces is a crucial step towards an inclusive society. In this context, the Order TMA/851/2021 establishes specific guidelines to ensure accessibility in play and training areas. At this point, From AFAMOUR we have some key recommendations to create areas that are comfortable, safe and accessible to all, And to this end, we must point out the importance of several elements, As:

  • The delimitation of the playing or training area
  • Entrance/Access
  • Signage
  • Indoor Circulation.

1. Delimitation of Areas: A Safe and Targeted Approach

The delimitation of the play area is essential for the safety and orientation of users. From Afamour we suggest Use hedges or fences, avoiding encroaching on accessible pedestrian itineraries. This measure Increases security, especially for children who may have difficulty assessing hazards and for those with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities who need defined boundaries.

Fence

2. Accessible Tickets: Open Doors to Inclusion

Entries must be accessible and visibly recognizable. At Afamour we offer specific recommendations for fenced areas, ensuring proper openings and options that meet safety standards, such as doors without invading public spaces and safe opening mechanisms:

  • Unfenced area: Complying with Accessible Pedestrian Itineraries (IPA): When the area lacks fences, access must comply with the requirements of Accessible Pedestrian Routes (IPA). This ensures that the path to the playground or training area is accessible to everyone, following the established standards.
  • Fenced area: AFAMOUR Recommendations for Safe Entry: In the case of a fenced area, It is essential to carefully consider the design of the entrance to maintain security without compromising accessibility. AFAMOUR presents specific recommendations for different types of tickets:

    Input delimitation

    • No Door: A minimum aperture of 0,90 m for fenced areas without gates.
    • With Burladero: If the fence has a burladero, Suggested:
      – Make sure it is wider than the hole in the fence to be effective.
      – The gap in the fence must be at least wide 0,9 m.Behind the access and on the sides of the burladero there is a space free of obstacles to allow turning in circles of at least Ø1.50 m.
    • With Door: For fences with gates, AFAMOUR recommends:
      – Prevent leaf sweeping from invading public road traffic spaces.
      – If they are double doors, both must be practicable, and at least one must allow a clear width of passage ≥0.9 m.
      – On both sides of the doors, there must be a horizontal clearance of at least Ø1.50 m for the sweep of the leaves.
      – The opening/closing mechanisms must be at a height between 0,80 – 1,20 m.
      – A snap-on or lever opening system is recommended, No danger of snagging, that allows one-handed opening and manoeuvring.

3. Clear and Universal Signage: Guiding Diversity

At Afamour we highlight the importance of signage at the entrance to leisure areas. The information must be Include rules of use, Location of Accessible Items, Available Activities & Accessible Routes. It is proposed that the Using Illustrated Posters with Universal Design, Braille, High-relief, pictograms or QR codes to ensure inclusive communication.

Playground signage

 

4. Indoor Circulation: Ensuring Autonomous Mobility

Inside the playing area, Circulation must be autonomous, Comfortable and safe for everyone. From Afamour we highlight the importance of accessible circulation pavements, Proper location and distances between elements, sufficient lighting and cushioning flooring that complies with specific regulations for playground equipment and training equipment.

  • IPA Park Interior and Circulation Pavements:
    The characteristics of ramps are detailed, Grids and pavements to ensure accessibility.

  • Location and Distances Between Elements:
    A design that avoids the creation of segregated areas and promotes inclusivity is suggested.

  • Proper Lighting:
    The need for appropriate lighting levels during usage hours is highlighted.

  • Cushioning Pavement:
    European regulations and material options are mentioned to meet safety and accessibility standards.

Accessible Park

Creating inclusive spaces is not only a legal requirement, but also a Commitment to Diversity and Equality. By following these recommendations, We can build leisure areas that not only comply with regulations, they also embrace the diversity of their users, ensuring that everyone can fully enjoy these areas.

European Commission's ban on microplastics

In playgrounds and sports areas... Will the European Commission's bans on microplastics affect?

28 Nov 2023 present

The European Commission's ban on the manufacture and marketing of products considered to be microplastics, does not affect playground safety flooring or tiles made from recycled rubber granules, since the rubber particles are agglomerated with resins.

The past 25 In September, the Official Journal of the European Union published the EU Regulation 2023/2055 of the Commission, where a series of prohibitions on the manufacture and marketing of products considered to be microplastics. This particularly applies to artificial turf sports fields with rubber substrate.

 

Football pitch

 

What are considered microplastics??

The Microplastics They are materials composed of tiny plastic particles, of which, at least one 1%, are less than a diameter of less than 5 Mm.

Pavements and tiles used in parks and sports areas, They use recycled rubber agglomerated with resins, which prevents rubber particles from being considered loose microplastics and, therefore, do not fall into the category of products affected by the ban. Agglomeration with resins helps hold rubber particles together, contributing to the safety and durability of these products, while conforming to established regulations.

 

The main affected: Sports Fields

The European Union restricts in the period of eight years, Rubber filling of sports fields, Not artificial grass. The new EU Regulation 2023/2055 of the Commission bans the manufacture and marketing of microplastics, such as rubber used as a substrate in artificial turf pitches, From the 17 October 2031. The most commonly used polymeric infill in artificial turf pitches is rubber granulate, that comes from end-of-life tyres, and is commonly referred to as SBR.

It is important to clarify that playgrounds and sports areas are not affected by this restriction, since each children's area must have and comply with the UNE-EN Regulations 1176 – 1177 which establishes, and among other things,, than the safety height of playground equipment created by each manufacturer, It must be taken into account when installing the safety flooring, with the fall height of it. This means, that there should be at least a rubber floor height of 3 cm and onwards, The component is mixed with the resin that allows the granulometry to be compacted in its on-site installation and the wear process to be slower.

By the installation process of both recycled rubber tiles, such as the installation of continuous rubber flooring, There is no restriction on the continuation of each work in outdoor areas.

 

Football pitch

Accessibility chain

Accessibility Chain: Inclusive Spaces for All

9 Oct 2023 present

The Accessibility Chain

In Afamour, We recognize the importance of Accessibility at all stages of the experience in children's play areas, training or water games. The Accessibility Chain is crucial to ensure that each individual, no matter your skills, can fully enjoy these spaces. From decision-making to rest and recovery, Every Step Matters.

1. Decision-making

For those facing mobility challenges, Leaving home is not simply a matter of choice, but careful planning. Therefore, It's important Provide comprehensive information on the accessibility of areas, Enabling individuals and families to make informed decisions for a hassle-free experience.

2. How to get to the leisure area?

Accessibility is built into every step of the journey. From perfectly designed routes to unobstructed connections with reserved parking and public transportation, It's essential Ensure that getting to leisure areas is as easy as enjoying them.

3. How to access and circulate inside?

Once inside, Accessible Design Comes to Life. Every entrance should be designed to be synonymous with openness and every area would have to be barrier-free. Colour contrasts and carefully selected textures make it easy to find your way around, while obstacle-free areas ensure everyone can explore in comfort.

4. How to play/train?

Recognize the Diversity in play and training needs is key. Elements must be designed that meet the criteria of universal accessibility and safety standards, ensuring that every child and adult has the opportunity to participate fully, regardless of their capabilities.

5. How to rest and recover?

Inclusive spaces are not limited to activities; They are also places to rest and enjoy. In Afamour, We think it's important Create Accessible Rest Areas, Equipped with climate resources for continuous comfort. Each bank, Trash and fountain should be carefully selected to ensure that everyone can enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Universal Design Afamour

Principles and objectives of universal design

19 Sep 2023 present

In the constant search to improve the quality of life of communities and promote inclusion, the Spanish Association of manufacturers of street furniture and playgrounds (Afamour) recognises the importance of applying the principles of Universal Design in products and projects. Beyond functionality and aesthetics, Universal Design stands as a design philosophy that seeks to create accessible environments, safe and welcoming for all people, no matter your abilities, Skills or Needs.

Designing for Equal Use

One of the pillars of Universal Design is equality of use. This implies that the game elements, Training and street furniture should be easy to use for all people, without excluding any. The goal is to provide similar or equivalent media for all users, avoiding stigmatization or exclusion of any group.

Flexibility as the Key to Design

Flexibility is another fundamental principle of Universal Design. Elements of street furniture and playgrounds should be adapted to a wide range of individual preferences and abilities. This includes considering right-handed and left-handed alternatives, as well as for people of different sizes, Ages and Mobility Levels.

Simplifying the Experience

Simple and functional use is essential in Universal Design. Products should be simple to understand, regardless of experience, knowledge, User's language or concentration level. Unnecessary complexity must be eliminated, and instructions should be intuitive and clear.

Information Understandable to All

Effective communication is key. Elements of street furniture must provide information in an understandable way, even for people with sensory disturbances. This involves the use of different forms of information, as graphics, Verbal Feedback and Tactile Cues, in addition to ensuring an adequate contrast between the information and its environment.

Prioritizing Safety

Safety is a fundamental concern in Universal Design. Hazards and adverse consequences of accidental or unintentional actions should be minimized. The arrangement of the elements should minimize the chances of risks and errors, Protecting all users.

Minimizing Physical Effort

Universal Design seeks to ensure that products can be used efficiently and comfortably, with minimal physical effort. This means that users can maintain a neutral body position while using the item and that repetitive actions and physical exertion are minimized.

Space & Size for All

Spaces and size are fundamental to Universal Design. Elements must have adequate spaces for approximation, scope, Handling & Use, no matter the size, User's posture or mobility. In addition, They should offer a clear line of sight and reach for both standing and seated people.

Goals that Enhance Inclusion

Afamour has also committed to eight goals that complement the principles of Universal Design:

  1. Fit body: Products should accommodate a wide range of body sizes and abilities.

  2. Comfort: Desirable limits of the body's functionality and perception should be considered.

  3. Conscience: The information for use should be easily perceived.

  4. Comprehension: The methods and ways of operation and use must be intuitive and clear, minimizing the chances of error.

  5. Welfare: Products should contribute to improving health and preventing disease and injury.

  6. Social inclusion: All groups should be treated with dignity and respect.

  7. Customization: Opportunities for choice and individual preferences should be incorporated.

  8. Cultural Property: Products must respect and reinforce the cultural values and social and environmental context of any design project.

Afamour's commitment to Universal Design demonstrates its focus on creating public spaces and products that are not only functional and aesthetically pleasing, but also accessible and inclusive for all people. By applying these principles and objectives, contributes to the construction of more egalitarian and healthy environments, promoting social participation and the well-being of the community as a whole.

Agreement between Afamour and Fira de Lleida for Muncipalia 2023

AFAMOUR will participate in Municipalia 2023

4 Sep 2023 present

Fira de Lleida and AFAMOUR sign a collaboration agreement with important benefits for members, within the framework of MUNICIPALIA 2023

With the aim of strengthening and transforming the urban furniture and playground sector, A transcendental agreement between the Fira de Lleida and the Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Urban Furniture and Children's Playgrounds (AFAMOUR) Within the framework of the MUNICIPALIA Hall 2023.

The Fira de Lleida, Recognized for organizing relevant trade fairs and trade shows, and AFAMOUR, The unified voice of street furniture and playground manufacturers nationwide, have joined forces to achieve concrete goals, the main one being that of foster cooperation and generate a positive impact on the sector.

 

1. Increased Visibility

AFAMOUR is committed to promoting this collaboration through various channels, Informing your associates. This includes placing banners on your website, Publishing content on your blog, sending informative emails to its members and including news about the event in its newsletters and social networks.

 

2. Sharing Relevant Information

AFAMOUR will have access to share the news generated by Fira de Lleida in the context of MUNICIPALIA 2023 with its members. This will allow AFAMOUR members to keep up to date on news and developments in the sector.

 

3. Exclusive Discounts

Fira de Lleida will offer a Discount of the 10% in the exhibition space to all AFAMOUR member companies who participate in MUNICIPALIA 2023. In addition, A discount of 20% on the ground for the Afamour institutional stand if you wish, Not including decoration or other services.

 

4. Featured Presence

The AFAMOUR logo will be exhibited in all MUNICIPALIA promotional material 2023, including the website, emails and all official event materials.

 

5. Training & Development

A standout feature is the ability to carry out Conferences and training sessions aimed at technicians, Councillors, Mayors and professionals in the sector. This will allow solutions to be shared, Knowledge and best practices.

 

6. Ongoing Cooperation

AFAMOUR and Fira de Lleida will collaborate on joint initiatives that benefit both parties and the industry as a whole, not only in MUNICIPALIA 2023, but also in the long term.

 

This collaboration, signed by ORIOL ORÓ TRILLA, General Manager of Fira de Lleida and, MIREN JIMÉNEZ AZPILICUETA, President AFAMOUR, for MUNICIPALIA 2023 It represents a tangible example of how strategic cooperation can drive innovation and growth in an industry. Promises to deliver an exceptional exhibitor experience, visitors and the entire sector.

Article CIC Afamour

SHARED SPACES: NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO PROMOTE HEALTH AND INTEGRATION. Article for CIC magazine.

30 Aug 2023 present

SHARED SPACES: New opportunities to promote health and integration.

Article for CIC magazine, Architecture and Sustainability.

 

Current trends in urban design and equipment

In recent years, We have witnessed a true revolution in the design and equipment of urban areas and playgrounds, Driven by the search for safer environments, inclusive and stimulating for the community. Advances in materials, Technology and design approaches have opened up new possibilities, allowing the creation of spaces that encourage social interaction, Creative Play and the Integral Development of Children.

In this context, AFAMOUR (Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Urban Furniture and Playgrounds) plays a key role. Our mission is to promote the improvement and development of urban spaces through the creation of high-quality playgrounds and training playgrounds, that promote health, Fun and social integration.

In an ever-changing environment, It is essential to carry out an assessment of the situation of playgrounds and street furniture, as well as examining new future opportunities in this field to improve urban environments.

Assessment of the situation and new opportunities

Today, We face significant challenges in relation to playgrounds and street furniture. On the one hand, We must ensure the safety of children, taking into account aspects such as the quality of materials, compliance with regulations and adaptation of facilities to different ages and abilities. On the other hand, We strive to adapt to the new trends and needs of modern cities, looking for spaces that promote social interaction, Learning and connecting with nature.

In this context, new opportunities arise for the future for AFAMOUR and its associates. First of all, Sustainability and respect for the environment have become fundamental pillars in the design and construction of playgrounds. Our partner companies strive to use recyclable and environmentally friendly materials, Reduce energy consumption and encourage the reuse and recycling of items used in your projects. Employment, For example, recycled packaging or used tyres, in the construction of park facilities or on the floors of recreational areas, This is a trend that is becoming more and more widespread in the environments in which our associates intervene, whether they are manufacturers, Distributors or certifiers. The future looks very encouraging. There is a perception of transformation and rejuvenation, which is reflected in the commitment of the companies. We are all aligned and we will not stop on this path.

Universal accessibility is always one of our goals. AFAMOUR has a significant role to play in this regard, Order TMA/851/2021, It develops the basic conditions of accessibility and non-discrimination for access to and use of urban public spaces, taking into account fundamentally the accesses to them; And we must go further, as our associates design, Manufactured, distribute or certify, the spaces themselves and not just the environments or accesses. Well, it is all the elements that have to be destined to be integrated into public spaces, to ensure that these are accessible to all people, regardless of your physical or cognitive abilities. Nevertheless, although there is still a long way to go, It can be said that public policies related to accessibility have undergone a remarkable development in recent decades.

That's why, and because participating in children's lives means contributing to the socialization and maturation of children through safe play elements, It is essential that companies help to disseminate the basic criteria of universal accessibility in built-up spaces. Given that there are still many different barriers that people with disabilities face that prevent their social and labor inclusion, The companies involved must meet this challenge by making concrete commitments to universal accessibility.

We can not forget that both the game, such as outdoor leisure in parks, are fundamental activities for physical development, mental and social people. Playgrounds weave and create a feeling and identity of community and belonging, which has a lot to do with the formation of societies and the ways of participating in them. Going hand in hand with childhood in public spaces and parks offers us the possibility of approaching an emotional world free of categories. When Kids Play, are developing their physical skills, Exercise their motor coordination, learn to cooperate, They have fun, They form teams, make new friends and follow the rules or change them, trying to learn how to win and lose while building their self-esteem and individual affirmation.

In the planning of play areas, It should be borne in mind that play is an activity that transcends childhood to become part of adolescence and adult life, Because the pleasure of playing doesn't end with childhood. New parks must respond effectively to the challenge of inviting the whole family to play, regardless of its composition. Sharing Time, Space and playful activity in public places is a desire of young and old alike, and a stimulus for designers, Manufacturers and public administrations.

Public spaces equipped with training elements provide the opportunity to perform physical exercise free of charge and accessible to all, and encourage social interaction and health care, Promoting an Active Lifestyle. And the aquatic areas, are becoming an increasingly relevant resource in cities, especially during the summer months, since, In addition to providing a refreshing and fun experience, contribute to alleviating high temperatures and promoting social cohesion.

 

Universal design: Principles

It's important that the gameplay elements, Training and street furniture comply with the principles of universal design and facilitate the enjoyment of recreational activities, sports and socialization to all users. It's about going beyond the 'usability' of environments or products, including social engagement and health.

Inclusive Park

Accessibility, which is a prerequisite for parks to be inclusive, It must be considered from the original design of the area itself, thus allowing children's games to, The buffer surface and the rest of the support facilities can be used in the most comfortable way, safe and autonomous possible for all.

It's important to reflect on what actually makes the game a fun and challenging experience. Achieving these sensations, It is not achieved just by providing children with access to play equipment, but you have to think, And do it from the start, in the many considerations to be taken into account. Such as age appropriateness, the value of the game, social development and sense stimulation.

The same goes for different types of disability (physics, cognitive, sensory...), Well, they have to be considered in all the play space and in the equipment. The aim is to remove barriers that may be limiting and prevent children from accessing the, Hearing and Seeing Correctly, or understand the game that is proposed to them. In an ideal scenario, We must seek to, Understand and work on accessibility in all senses.

We need to think of everyone, And offer something to everyone. That's why, You need to set up a variety of play experiences and challenges for kids of all ages, Cultural Background and Physical Abilities, sensory and mental skills can develop their skills in a suitable playful environment. Make sure that each child gets the encouragement and challenge they need from the whole play area, without that meaning that everyone makes the same use and on an equal footing of all the gaming equipment. To do this, Universal design is based on seven principles:

  1. Equal Use: It is easy to use and suitable for all people, regardless of their abilities and abilities.
  2. Flexibility: Accommodates a wide range and variety of individual preferences and abilities.
  3. Simple and functional to use: It's simple to understand, No matter the experience, knowledge, User's language or concentration level.
  4. Comprehensible information: communicates the necessary information to the user, even if you have a sensory disturbance.
  5. Security: Minimizes the dangers and adverse consequences of accidental or unintentional actions.
  6. Low physical exertion: Can be used efficiently and comfortably with minimal fatigue.
  7. Space and size for approach and use: It has spaces of suitable sizes for the approach, scope, Handling & Use, no matter the size, User's posture or mobility.

 

Urban design and equipment is undergoing significant advances. Safety, Sustainability and inclusivity are key factors that are considered in each project. From AFAMOUR, We will remain committed to driving excellence in the design and manufacture of street furniture and playgrounds, always seeking to improve the quality of life of communities and create sustainable public spaces for all.

Article of Afamour published in the Forum of the Cities on TECMA

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN PARKS AND STREET FURNITURE: Article for the Cities Forum, TECMA.

11 Aug 2023 present

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN PARKS AND STREET FURNITURE: Article for the Cities Forum, TECMA.

In the heart of cities, A vital space is found for the development of our children, the leisure of many families and the well-being of the community at large: The parks. These spaces have evolved over time, and it is crucial that they adapt to the changing needs of modern cities. The Cities Forum, is a key event within the TECMA fair 2024, that seeks to be a meeting point to deepen these challenges and discover new opportunities for the improvement of urban environments.

In this context, AFAMOUR (Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Urban Furniture and Playgrounds) plays a key role. Our mission is to promote the improvement and development of urban spaces through the creation of high-quality playgrounds and training that promote health., Fun and social integration. In an ever-changing environment, It is essential to carry out an assessment of the situation of playgrounds and street furniture, as well as examining new future opportunities in this field to improve urban environments.

Evaluation and new opportunities

Today, We face significant challenges in relation to playgrounds, Urban furniture and sports areas. On the one hand, We must ensure the safety of children, taking into account aspects such as the quality of materials, compliance with regulations and adaptation of facilities to different ages and abilities. On the other hand, We strive to adapt to the new trends and needs of modern cities, looking for spaces that promote social interaction, Learning, the connection with nature and the promotion of the culture of sport.

Sustainability and respect for the environment have become fundamental pillars in the design and construction of urban furniture. Our partner companies strive to use recyclable and environmentally friendly materials, Reduce energy consumption and encourage the reuse and recycling of items used in your projects. The use of recycled packaging in the construction of park facilities and urban recreation areas is an increasingly widespread trend in these environments.. The future looks very encouraging. There is a perception of transformation and rejuvenation, which is reflected in the commitment of the companies. We are all aligned and we will not stop on this path.

On the other hand, Universal accessibility is one of our priorities. Public policies related to accessibility have experienced a remarkable development in recent decades. Order TMA/851/2021 develops the basic conditions of accessibility and non-discrimination for access to and use of urbanized public spaces, taking into account fundamentally the accesses to them.

AFAMOUR, therefore, has a significant role in this regard, because it brings together and represents the companies that design and manufacture the spaces themselves and not only the environments or accesses. Well, it is all the elements that have to be destined to be integrated into public spaces, to ensure that these are accessible to all people, regardless of your physical or cognitive abilities.

Article Photo

 

The game, A universal language

Participating in children's life, It also means contributing to the socialization and maturation of children through safe play elements.. It is essential that companies help spread the basic criteria of universal accessibility in urbanized spaces. Given that there are still many different barriers that people with disabilities encounter that prevent their social inclusion and the companies and associations involved must face this challenge by making concrete commitments to universal accessibility..

We can not forget that both the game, such as outdoor leisure in parks, are fundamental activities for physical development, mental and social people. Play is a universal language that brings pleasure, Freedom of choice and creative challenge. Not limited to childhood, since this socialization, leaves a trace in the human being, that accompanies adults throughout life. In addition, Play in parks promotes empathy and emotional intelligence. It is vital to preserve time outdoors for healthy growth of children and adults.

Playgrounds foster a sense of community and belonging, and allow children to develop physical skills, cooperate, Make friends and learn to face challenges. Public spaces equipped with training elements provide the opportunity to perform physical exercise for free; I mean, Affordable and accessible to all, Encouraged social interaction and health care, and promoting an active lifestyle. At the same time, aquatic areas,are becoming an increasingly relevant resource in cities, especially during the summer months, since, In addition to providing a refreshing and fun experience, contribute to alleviating high temperatures and promoting social cohesion.

For all the above, events such as the Forum of the Cities of Madrid and the TECMA fair are vital to promote the exchange of ideas, Projects and visions on the path that cities should follow to become more habitable spaces, Sustainable, Inclusive, Participatory and resilient. AFAMOUR, through its commitment to quality, Sustainability, Accessibility and innovation, continues to work on the advancement of playgrounds and street furniture in Spain.

We greatly value these meeting opportunities that allow us to strengthen alliances, generate synergies and work together in building urban environments that provide children and the wider community with a safe and stimulating place to live and grow.

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