Contemporary Design


Play Nets in Caves: Bounce Below, B...

The bouncy caves of Wales have been already been all over the internet, but I’ll post them here too, as - Read the rest...

Lazona Kawasaki Plaza, Earthscape, ...

“To walk the streets as if in a movie…where the city is the hero.” That was the goal of the - Read the rest...

Pastello Playscape, National Galler...

An installation at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia turned the sedate act of drawing into active, physical - Read the rest...

Bank of Brazil Playscape, Brasilia,...

Thanks to Luciana Mendonça for submitting the playscape at the Cultural Centre of the Bank of Brazil via the Playscapes submission feature! (see - Read the rest...

Puckelball in St. Paul, Minnesota?

Excited that there is an opportunity to have one of Johan Strom‘s great puckelball pitches here in the USA! A - Read the rest...

Cardboard ArtPlay, Monash Universit...

Far more elaborate designs at ArtPlay in Melbourne, Australia, where “Each year, first-semester students in the Department of Architecture at - Read the rest...

Cardboard Labyrinth, Michelangelo P...

One of my favorite cardboard installations is also the simplest…the “Labirinto e Grande Pozzo” made from rolls of corrugated cardboard - Read the rest...

Adventure and Artistry with Luckey ...

Those two words–adventure and artistry–capture the legacy of Tom and Spencer Luckey, too. The utterly unique, and very recognizable, Luckey - Read the rest...

Toy Car Playground Mountain, Montso...

If you haven’t been keeping up with our Playscapes correspondents lately, take some time out to do so! Eloise, Playscapes - Read the rest...

Library Slide, Chungcheongbuk-do, S...

This library slide is in a private home, the Panorama House by South Korean architect Moon Hoon, but it’s a - Read the rest...

Boernehuset Dragen, C. F. Moller, O...

Playable roofs–really just large inclined planes–continue to be a playable-architecture design trend. This one, covered in red safety surfacing, is - Read the rest...

Immaculate Conception School Playsc...

I’m just back from a three-city barnstorming trip to the East Coast; many thanks to all those who participated in - Read the rest...

Wavewalk, Adam Kuby, Pier Park Skat...

Environmental artist Adam Kuby was part of the design team for Portland’s Westmoreland Nature Play Area, and he has also - Read the rest...

PlayLAND Pavilions, LIKEArchitects,...

See another temporary play installation by LIKEArchitects: they continue their motif of everyday objects as modular construction elements in their - Read the rest...

Swing Time, Höweler + Yoon Archite...

Continuing the trend for swing installations, the work of Höweler + Yoon Architecture on the lawn at D Street in Boston - Read the rest...

Breaker's Yard, Sutton House, Hackn...

Finally, finally—scientific breakthroughs sorted and lectures delivered—a day for playgrounds. We’ve got some catching up to do. First up is - Read the rest...

What Playgrounds can Learn from Swi...

4. Make swinging a rich experience. That’s really why so many people went to the Ann Hamilton Event of a - Read the rest...

What Playgrounds can Learn from Swi...

I sometimes get mail criticizing the number of art installations I feature, as not being ‘true’ playgrounds. But these - Read the rest...

Swing it, Wakefield, UK, Morag Myer...

A temporary swing installation with a completely different aesthetic is Swing it! by Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan of supergrouplondon. The - Read the rest...

Swing, Guimarães Portugal, Moradav...

“Swing” was a temporary installation by Portugese art and architecture collective Moradavaga. Swing installations are nothing new, but I like how - Read the rest...

BLOOM Urban Play Structure, Alisa A...

‘Bloom‘ is an interactive urban play structure commissioned for the London Olympic and Paraolympic games in 2012, in their signature - Read the rest...