Third Prize 2020: Sarah Filippi-Field and Kyaw Si Thu (Myanmar)
The 2020 Third Prize winners are Brandt School students Sarah Filippi-Field and Kyaw Si Thu, the creators of “Yangon Playmakers”. This is a project that seeks to transform an abandoned lot into a community play hub for youth living in No. 93 Ward, Dagon Seikkan Township, Yangon, Myanmar. Currently, neighborhood youth have no stimulating, safe space to play. Studies show that access to play contributes to children’s physical, psychological, and social wellbeing. By offering a physical play space as well as interactive, community-led programs throughout the year, Yangon Playmakers will positively impact the lives of over 300 youth. The project utilizes a participatory approach where youth and other residents contribute to the site design and construction, therefore also contributing to community empowerment.