Natural Playgrounds


Spielplatz vs. Playground

One of the comments about the “House on a Hill” playscape from Germany was that it didn’t meet US safety - Read the rest...

The House on a Hill playscape: les...

I’ve long admired this small-town playground by German landscape architect Stefan Laport for the lessons it holds for small playgrounds - Read the rest...

The Climbing Towers of Florian Aign...

  I’ve been thinking about the climbing frames of Florian Aigner, too, which are a sort of distortion of the - Read the rest...

Early Edible Schoolyards and Loose ...

I don’t talk much about the Edible Schoolyard movement on the blog, thought it has obvious and strong overlaps with - Read the rest...

Chop-Stick, VisionDivision, Indiana...

Playscapes correspondent applicant Sarah Carrier sent this project to me amongst the things she is interested in corresponding about, and - Read the rest...

Fairlop Waters Natural Playground, ...

Given a generous 4 hectare footprint within a country park, London based FoRM Associates, in collaboration with the artists Olivia Fink - Read the rest...

Cow Hollow School Natural Playscape...

This compact playscape in San Francisco’s historic Presidio manages to tick alot of boxes in a small space: rolling topography - Read the rest...

Construction of the Turtle Rock Pre...

Natural playground makers will also enjoy this time-lapse video of the construction of the playscape at Turtle Rock preschool in - Read the rest...

Den-building frames for natural pla...

I’ve talked before on the blog about making provisions for den-building, which can be as simple as providing a three-point - Read the rest...

The Garden and the Playground

Images: Children’s Play Provision c. 1809; Children’s Play Provision c. 2009 The concatenation of the garden and the playground is so - Read the rest...

Dymaxion Sleeps, or a Natural Playg...

If you ever thought you didn’t have space for both a garden AND a climbing net think again… Most natural - Read the rest...

Brock Elementary School Natural Pla...

One of the things I wish I could bring you more of on the blog is how much projects cost, - Read the rest...

The Playscapes of Kulturinsel Einsi...

Kulturinsel Einsiedel says that “we build worlds as fantastic as the ones on the computer…that you can experience with ALL - Read the rest...

Stacked Stone at the Cinco Ranch Na...

I really like the simplicity of this stacked stone feature at the Cinco Ranch Natural Playground in Katy, Texas. It - Read the rest...

Geology in the Park, c. 1854

I especially love Helen and Hard’s use of geologic strata as an organizing feature because it resurrects the Victorian-era ideal - Read the rest...

Benches from Found Materials by Ban...

When you’re designing your playscape, don’t neglect the hardscape that can make the space feel comfortable, permanent, and settled into - Read the rest...

Playground Den-Building and Kids Pl...

Playscapes friend Tim Gill has just posted about the den-building provisions on the playground of Berwick Fields Primary school in - Read the rest...

The Playscape Chronicles of Frode S...

Sometimes I get asked where the best playgrounds in the world are. Hands down they’re in the countries of northern - Read the rest...

Rio Tinto Naturescape, Perth, Austr...

The word ‘playscape’ was invented around 1959 to define a landscape type that was a completely designed space for play, - Read the rest...

DIY Playground #1: Terrain and Plan...

If you only have the time or budget to do one thing for play, make a hill. A simple pile - Read the rest...

Pier 6 Playground, Michael van Valk...

So some people from the firm of Michael van Valkenburgh have been in my city this week, having been retained - Read the rest...