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Call for Artists…Miami, Florida Playscape

November 25th, 2015 by Paige Johnson

Seeking artists for a climbable, playable sculpture to be part of a new playscape in Miami, Florida!  Local or Florida artists preferred, but others are welcome to submit as well.  Send me (arcadyatcoxdotnet) some information about yourself and either images or links to your work, and a quick draft concept that would fit within a – Read the rest…

PLAY[ground] for Vivid Sydney, 2015

November 9th, 2015 by Paige Johnson

The international design firm HASSELL recently teamed up with non-profit Archikidz and Sydney Living Museums to create PLAY[ground], a three day destination event in the in the heart of Sydney.  A sell-out crowd visited over three days to swing, climb,  crawl, tunnel, jump and connect.  A free but ticketed event, PLAY[ground] reached capacity before the gates even – Read the rest…

Lessons from Superkilen, Copenhagen by Susan Solomon

November 3rd, 2015 by Paige Johnson

Paige’s Note:  As I try to again ease back into posting after an intensive focus on my other life in science (aka, the Alternate Universe), I’m pleased to present Susan Solomon’s latest After the Deadline column with thoughts on the Superkilen: a rebellious public space in best-city-for-play Copenhagen.  I’ve never featured it on the blog, not – Read the rest…

Inflatable Playascape, PneuHaus, Burning Man 2015

October 19th, 2015 by Paige Johnson

I’ve never been a fan of the “bouncy castle” genre of temporary play installations, so it’s exciting to see the new company PneuHaus (founded in 2013 by designers Matthew Muller and August Lehrecke) re-interpreting the playable inflatable by draping two types of nets– loosely woven for climbing and tightly woven for sitting–over giant air-filled columns. – Read the rest…

Gatos Recycled Playground, Basurama, Rio de Janeiro, 2015

October 16th, 2015 by Paige Johnson

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…

Lizard Country, Rathenow Germany, ZimmerObst, 2015

October 13th, 2015 by Paige Johnson

One of those delightful Gartenschau playgrounds is the “Lizard Country” constructed by ZimmerObst in Rathenow, Germany for one of the 2015 BUGA regional shows.  ZimmerObst (apologies in advance for the low-res photos from their website)  were responsible for construction on the previously posted Modern Castle Playground in Zulpich, and they’ve used similar faceting to add to the – Read the rest…

For #TBT, a couple of images from a trippy, futuristic playground installed at a garden show in Vienna Austria in 1974 that seems to combine a playhouse/slide with a boatable lake! Note also the playscape of rounded white hills in the background. I could find very little information on this playscape (do get in touch – Read the rest…

Parkour’s First Appearance on Television in 1997

October 3rd, 2015 by Paige Johnson

Today’s post is a mashup of ThrowbackThursday and PlaySculptureSaturday, but that’s too long for a hashtag!  Thanks to reader Mark for sending me the link to this intriguing piece of recent play history:  the first time parkour was featured on television in 1997.  Beginning at :053, the clip shows the runners scaling Pierre Szekely’s monumental Dame du – Read the rest…

DOKK1, Literate Playground, Monstrum, Århus Denmark, 2015

September 29th, 2015 by Paige Johnson

The working title of the book I’m writing for Norton about the cultural history of the garden (if I can ever finish it in between the nanotechnology and the business deals!) is The Literate Garden, and so when the nice folks at Monstrum sent me a description of their latest installation The Literate Playground immediately came to mind. I – Read the rest…

Floriade: Architectural Playscape, Stephan Lenzen, 2012

September 18th, 2015 by Paige Johnson

Also from RMP Stephan Lenzen Landscape Architects is this thoughtful concatenation of play with garden and architecture in a pavilion designed to display the environment of North Rhine-Westphalia at a Dutch garden show.  Over the last fifty years or so western culture has largely restricted play to the designated real estate known as the “playground”. – Read the rest…

Vintage Playground Elephant Slide, Mirow Germany C. 1960

September 17th, 2015 by Paige Johnson

And adding to our collection of playful pachyderms is this German example; providing  unexpected whimsy in front of a severe modernist housing block in midcentury Mirow, Germany.  [source]

#TBT Vintage Elephant Slides of Taiwan

September 17th, 2015 by Paige Johnson

For Throwback Thursday, thanks to reader Mannie Ko for letting me know about this facebook page dedicated to chronicling the vintage playground elephants of Taiwan.  It’s great to see that these are beloved and being preserved by their communities.  I do love a playground elephant (see several previous posts on them here).  Delightful!

Aaaand I’m back from the land of voting agreements and dilution formulas to the happier place of playgrounds…thanks for waiting! I talk alot here at Playscapes about the fact that playgrounds should be local:  they should relate uniquely to their site and their community.   But I really like the fact that this new castle playground – Read the rest…

The Nature of Nature, by Susan Solomon

September 8th, 2015 by Paige Johnson

Paige’s Note:  As I’m working to close an investment deal at the moment, I’m reminded of how great it is to have Susan Solomon’s columns as a part of Playscapes.  Not just because it helps me fill in the posting gaps when my own schedule reaches its overstretched limits(!), but also because her insight into – Read the rest…

Millshot Close Playscape, Hammersmith, Groundwork London

September 3rd, 2015 by Paige Johnson

See recently on a visit to London, this gentle, hilly playscape with with artisan-carved additions for turtles and fish.  Billed as a community space rather than explicitly a playground, this simple intervention provides great play and picnic value in a small, gardenesque space:  a much better choice than installing ugly safety surfacing and a set – Read the rest…