Crazy Maze Giveaway at 2019 ASLA Conference in San Diego

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It’s time for this year’s annual meeting of landscape architect and allied professionals, and as ASLA President Shawn Kelly notes in the president’s letter, several things have changed. For one, the name. Now known as the 2019 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture (formerly ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo) the new name reflects the rising status… Read more »

Outdoor Water Laboratories Gaining Ground

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When you think of a water playground, your mind might conjure images of a splash pad. Fountains spraying jets of water. Children running past open-mouthed animals or cartoon characters, laughing and shrieking as they get soaked. And, indeed, this is one version of water play—and not a bad way for kids to spend an afternoon…. Read more »

Ben & Jerry’s Factory Playground Embraces Old and New

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The quirky, bohemian vibe of the Ben & Jerry’s brand, and the pastoral location of the company’s main factory on a 48-acre Waterbury, Vermont property in the shadows of the Worcester Mountain Range, are the stuff of dreams for a playground designer. Nearly two decades ago, Jonathan Henke, a former site supervisor for Goric, led… Read more »

How an Office Slide is Adding Fun and Excitement at a Cybersecurity Firm

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If you’ve ever worked in a dreary office, you know the feeling of being uninspired. The route from the front door to your desk feels sterile and rehearsed. The carpet looks the same. Your cubicle looks the same. Your neighboring co-worker has a new pair of shoes, maybe a new screensaver, but otherwise little has… Read more »

How a Parkour Course Revived an Aging Playground

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Sometimes the best playground designs result from tight constraints. Six years ago, students and staff at Amigos School, a pre-K-8 Spanish and English immersion school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, moved into a new home. The former administrative building at 15 Upton Street had good bones and the size to accommodate more than 400 students from across… Read more »

Euroflex Balls and Half Balls: Play, Sit, Behold

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Materials are an important aspect of what makes a play space feel welcoming. Children are drawn to spaces they can explore through touch, to tactile shapes and forms that spark the imagination. It doesn’t take much. A box. A ball of yarn. A ball. With only a few small cues, they can envision themselves leaping… Read more »

Going Deep with G Cody QJ Goldberg, Founder of Harper’s Playground

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G Cody QJ Goldberg has had an interesting career, to say the least. The child of bonafide San Francisco hippies, he earned a BFA in film and television studies at New York University, spent a year playing drums with a band of gypsies in Mexico, and worked on branding campaigns for Adidas and Red Bull… Read more »

The 6 Best Sculptural Playgrounds

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If the playspaces finding their way to the “best-of” lists of publications such as Business Insider, Mental Floss, and Land 8 are a sign of the future, the days of the humdrum platform-and-beam playground are in short supply. Whether found in Copenhagen, Sydney, or Memphis, the world’s best playgrounds are filled with tunnels, ropes, cables,… Read more »

Making Music in Parks and Botanic Gardens

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Music and nature have long been sympathetic partners. The tradition of music in gardens reaches back to the open-air rites and communal celebrations of indigenous groups worldwide, and continues today at parks, university campuses, public memorials, and botanic gardens. Here we look at several ways the experience of music in gardens is becoming more accessible… Read more »

Recess is Making a Comeback: Now Required by Law in Five States

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Twenty minutes is the amount of time it takes to eat breakfast or do a short exercise routine. It’s also the amount of time elementary school children in Florida, Rhode Island, Missouri, and New Jersey have for recess, at a minimum, as mandated by recent changes to state laws. The promise of 20 minutes a day… Read more »

The Children’s School of Oak Park: Nature-Play on a Paved Courtyard and a Tiny Budget

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The Children’s School of Oak Park, a progressive K-8 school outside Chicago, turned their parking lot into a nature play space on a nonprofit budget—a little over $1,000 all told. How did they do it? A grant from the Deep Roots Project was part of it. The volunteer-led Chicago community organization teaches people to grow… Read more »

Designer Profile: Architecture Duo Coryn Kempster and Julia Jamrozik Partner with Goric to Reimagine the Playground

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Former Herzog & de Meuron architects Coryn Kempster and Julia Jamrozik started a multidisciplinary architecture practice in 2015 with the aim of bringing together their varied interests in visual arts, public education, and architecture.The duo’s work cuts a wide cloth, from temporary installations to permanent architectural projects, from oral histories to playspaces in disguise. Recognized… Read more »