Creating Intergenerational Public Spaces

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A Place and Space for All Benefits Everyone   Many are well aware that intergenerational interactions create enriching experiences for all involved. With the incorporation of design elements that effectively encourage an active involvement from the many adults in a child’s life, a play area’s overall value and ability to promote strong development can be significantly increased. … Read more »

The 7 Best Playgrounds of 2016

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The days of monkey bars suspended over pea gravel are far behind us. But the evolution of playgrounds is happening so fast, and in such varied ways, the change can seem dizzying. Certainly one of the biggest trends of 2016 is the growing popularity of fitness-focused playgrounds designed for older children and adults. Another is… Read more »

Childhood Obesity is Decreasing, Right?

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Last week, returning to Chicago from a family trip to he Indiana Dunes, I was struck by a freeway billboard announcing, childhood obesity was “goin’ down.” I’d heard reports of this trend two years ago, when the Centers for Disease Control released a report that obesity prevalence for children 2-5 went from nearly 14 percent… Read more »

Designer Spotlight – H Nyunny Kim of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

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“Who needs to escape the city when you can walk down the street or take the F train to Jay Street or the No. 22 to Clark Street or the B63 bus that goes right to Pier 6 at Atlantic Avenue — and see nature in the city.” That’s Anne Raver, art and design columnist for… Read more »

Play Garland Oosterpark by Carve

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Play Garland Oosterpark by Carve The Oosterpark, built in 1891, is part of the Amsterdam 19th century extension girdle, and is the first large public park that was realised by the municipality. Since 2011, plans are being made to integrate the monumental public buildings in the northern zone into the park. The fences will be… Read more »

Integrating Music with Playscapes

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Complementary Benefits Makes Adding Musical Elements to Playgrounds a Truly Smart Idea     Play and music already share a vocabulary. A self-contained part of a musical composition is called a, ‘movement.’ It is common for sportscasters to describe an athlete or team as, ‘getting into rhythm.’ The laughter that emits from a well-designed playscape is often,… Read more »

Going Against the Grain of Modern Materials with Robinia Wood

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Natural Karolam® Robinia Wood Offers Impressive Benefits Over Modern Materials   K&K Karolam® – Robinia Wooden Posts | Video via YouTube.com   At their very best, playgrounds and playscapes mimic the joy of running, jumping, climbing, and otherwise playing in a wild and natural setting. They fulfill our instinctual desire to climb trees, swing from branches,… Read more »

Designer Spotlight – Mitch Ryerson’s Woodworking and the Art of Play

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The Original Jungle Gym was a Tree, and Mitch Ryerson Knows How to Use Them     Creating a Playground Tree | The Esplanade Association via YouTube.com   When explored by the hands of a skilled artist, playfulness itself becomes an expressive language. At its best, the work of a well-seasoned woodworker, designer, and artist such as Mitch Ryerson communicates the power… Read more »

Designer Spotlight – Susan Goltsman and the Emergence of Inclusive Design

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How Creating Environments that Support Everyone’s Potential Became Mainstream Policy     The world is filled with unsung heroes and Susan Goltsman is certainly one of them. As a founding principal of the design firm Moore, Iacofano, Goltsman (MIG), Ms. Goltsman has worked tirelessly to move the idea that, “…every individual has the right to full and… Read more »

Our Top 5 Playground Related Blogs

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A Small Collection of Resources on the Importance of Quality Playground Equipment and Design     One of the more wonderful aspects of play is how it can foster a sense of community. It is no accident that many of our first friendships were formed while using playground equipment. And just on the edges of that play… Read more »

The Touch and Feel of Play in Toshiko MacAdam’s Textile Playgrounds

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Structures Made from Nets of Rope Inspire in This Designer’s Wonderfully Crocheted Playscapes   Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam video via PlayArt11 on YouTube.com   Toshiko MacAdam was already an accomplished artist in the Fibre Arts movement long before she began exploring the possibilities of creating textile playscapes. In fact, she was exhibiting a three-dimensional textile sculpture in Tokyo… Read more »

The Many Benefits of Naturally Playful Playscapes

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Natural Elements that Include the Surrounding Area Set These Playscapes Apart     Play is a means by which we first form our understanding of the wider world. Most of our earliest interactions involve play and play-like behaviors. For example, peek-a-boo is an important milestone in cognitive development that demonstrates an emerging understanding of the concept of… Read more »