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I’m loving the trend for playful libraries…this ‘roof as playscape’  is a more rustic (and less expensive) version of the Maritime Youth house roof from 2004.   It was installed in a village in Yunnan province that was nearly destroyed in the earthquakes of 2012. read more at dezeen  



Like a Wallholla without the wall, this linear playscape by JDS Architects traces a thin line down the “Wave’ of Kalvebod Brygge in (where else but) Copenhagen, the world’s best city for play.   Wow, look at the height that Denmark is willing to allow kids to play at, with no ugly safety* surfacing in – Read the rest…



An interesting aspect of new playground patronage systems are the playspaces designed by large corporations as part of the visitor experience.  These can be virtually unlimited in both budget and design conception, as the “Mobiversum” of  Volkswagon proves.   It’s certainly not unusual for business to install playgrounds…but they’re usually rather boring holding pens. I’m now – Read the rest…



Playable roofs–really just large inclined planes–continue to be a playable-architecture design trend.  This one, covered in red safety surfacing, is by C.F. Moller for a children’s school in Odense, Denmark.  Strangely, the roof looks way more fun than the small playground (just visible deep in the photo)!  I am always baffled when otherwise ambitious architectural – Read the rest…



Basurama Brasil’s latest playful resurrection of recyclables is open for play at the Casa Daros Museum Rio, “for children under 99 years old”!  Reminiscent of the Lions’ Park playscape by Rural Studio in Alabama,  it takes oil barrel-based construction a bit further by enlivening a selection of 200 of them with punchy colors and creative – Read the rest…



As Playscapes approaches 500 posts, I know that the amount of information here is getting unwieldy, especially for new visitors to the blog.  So I’m working with a great creative agency in my hometown to develop a better format, but I also plan to start writing some posts that consolidate past content around a theme, – Read the rest…



Talk about your green roofs…thanks to reader Carol for submitting the rooftop garden playscape of the Madison Children’s Museum in Madison Wisconsin.  With nary a traditional play structure in sight, Kubala Washatko Architects nonetheless created an eminently playable space with so much scope for exploration…and even chickens! This is a great example of how a – Read the rest…