Contemporary Design


Two Ways Philadelphia is Encouragin...

Paige’s Note: In this month’s ‘After the Deadline’ column play historian and author Susan Solomon continues her investigation of ‘playground - Read the rest...

Camparc, Free Play with Technology,...

I’m always excited to see new integrations of technology and play….these are the playscapes of the future, and even while - Read the rest...

Playful, Colorful Grounds for Play ...

If you’re making a playground, don’t forget to make the ground plane itself as playful as possible! It is the - Read the rest...

Pentalum: Playful Bliss at the Lawn...

Paige’s Note: Rounding out our set of play-enlivening-public-spaces this week is the recent installation of Pentalum at Boston’s Lawn on - Read the rest...

Hopscotch Performance Art, Marta Mi...

Last year artist Argentinian artist Marta Minujin filled the Palais Royal in Paris with 70 hopscotch games in her signature style of - Read the rest...

Los Trompos (Spinning Tops), Hécto...

It is so exciting to see the increasing focus of museums and public spaces on play…I’ll be featuring several today. - Read the rest...

Toshiko in Toledo! #playtimeTMA

Ohmyearsandwhiskers, not only is the beautiful “Harmonic Motion” net playscape by Toshiko and Charles MacAdam, lately in Rome, now in - Read the rest...

Self-Made Playgrounds from Recycled...

I never tire of the work of Spanish collective Basurama, whose practice “revolves around the reflection of trash, waste and - Read the rest...

Woven Play Shelters by OGE Creative...

Because I’m thinking about temporary play structures alot at the moment (Boston PlayDay! Send in your ideas!) here are two - Read the rest...

BOULEvard Ball, a moving Playground...

The BOULEvard ball, developed by studio ON/OFF for last fall’s Kanal Playground Festival in Brussels, was based on the “tensegrity” principles - Read the rest...

#TBT Mercer Island's Playground Dr...

For #TBT, the story of the dragon of Mercer Island park dragon, a rare happy ending for a mid-century playground - Read the rest...

ASTM still thinks grass is unsafe f...

  Paige’s Note: Tim Gill of rethinkingchildhood updates us, below, on the fight to bring sanity to the ASTM’s playground - Read the rest...

Help Build Parasite Skate Park, New...

I’m a bit late to the party on this one, but there is still time to help build Parasite Skate - Read the rest...

Vaulted Willow, Marc Fornes, Edmont...

Marc Fornes is tops in my category of artists-I-would-like-to-see-on-the-playground and he’s definitely moving that direction with his new ‘Vaulted Willow‘: - Read the rest...

ASTM declares grass unsafe for chil...

If you’ve visited a playground recently and thought “Whatever happened to the grass?”, you can thank the American Society for - Read the rest...

More about Playground Ruins

In continuing to think about ruins on playgrounds I came across this delightful example in Kastryčnicki, Svietlahorsk, Belarus, as photographed by - Read the rest...

Play Inspiration from MUF Architect...

I’m always intrigued by the work of MUF Architecture/Art, a rare female-led studio in London..their work is subtle, but always - Read the rest...

Octagon Shelter/Playhouse, Laura Ma...

Thanks to artist Laura Marotta for submitting her octagon shelter/playhouse, “a simple wooden and steel structure that makes use of - Read the rest...

"Playgrounds that rip up the safety...

Editors Note: With this post, I’m pleased to welcome Tim Gill to Playscapes! Tim is one of the UK’s leading thinkers - Read the rest...

Playful Playground Fence, Superblue...

I always enjoy the work of London-based Superblue Design….here a very playful fence that morphs into seating and a gate for - Read the rest...

Aztec slide, Dallas Arboreteum and ...

I was intrigued to find, when researching the Lost Aztec Playground of Los Angeles, that there are other Aztecian installations: - Read the rest...