Adventure Playgrounds


Norway’s Tarzan Playgrounds, Tom Jambor and Asbjørn Flemmen, 1982-present (Part 1)

You could hardly be farther from the tropics than Norway but it’s where the ‘jungle’ or ‘Tarzan’ playground of tires and flying ropes has flourished for the past twenty-five years.  Even more curiously, this unique playground type–to my knowledge found only in the Land of the Midnight Sun–arrived via…Alabama? Mild-mannered child development professor  Tom Jambor, who like so many got his start in playgrounds when he was dissatisfied with the play provision for his own children, spent his sabbatical at Volda Teacher Skule in 1982-1983.  He had already constructed around 50 playgrounds back in Alabama, using wood poles and recycled tires arranged in a series of play moments that allowed for multiple entry points and encouraged children to flow through the playground space.  Tom called his designs ‘playscapes’ (an early use of the term) and they are still available on his website. In Norway, Tom’s ideas collided headlong with those of – Read the rest…


Adventurous Playgrounds in Camden, ...

To encourage physical activity in London’s Borough of Camden, erect architecture and Wayward have designed a series of active, adventurous - Read the rest...

Self-built Adventure Play, Phoenix ...

Since the “The Land” documentary and Hannah Rosin’s piece in the Atlantic on the overprotected child, alot of people are - Read the rest...

Nils Norman's Online Playscape Arch...

If you’ve enjoyed perusing Architecture of Play you should also head over to Nils’ website, dismalgarden, where he has made years of - Read the rest...

Happy Birthday Aldo! Happy Birthda...

A bit belatedly because of my fiendish travel schedule, Happy Birthday to Aldo van Eyck (March 16) who would be - Read the rest...

Glamis Adventure Playground, Shadwe...

“All children should have a place like this” Dame Helen Mirren It is always a joy to be at Glamis - Read the rest...