Play Heroes


The Nuts and Bolts of Playground Construction, Paul Hogan, 1982

“If children want a playground, let them build it themselves.” I’m really pleased to announce another addition to the Playscapes Press family of downloadable vintage playground books!  Starting today, you can download The Nuts and Bolts of Playground Construction, by Paul Hogan, in the sidebar.  You  might have heard of another  book by Paul, “Playgrounds for Free” which is perhaps better known, but which MIT Press would not give me permission to republish (phooey on MIT Press).  Never you mind, because Nuts and Bolts contains much of the same information, but is actually far more comprehensive in scope, particularly in its reference to the play history of its time. Nuts and Bolts was part of a 1982 series entitled “The Trilogy of Play” and Paul Hogan–playground builder, play advocate, and 1979 US Commissioner for the International Year of the Child– provided Volume 3, the “HOW”.   And how!  In this book you’ll find DIYs – Read the rest…


Aldo van Eyck's Playground Plans

Did you know Aldo van Eyck used children’s crayons to color in his playground plans? So nice. This is the - Read the rest...

The Playgrounds of Previ, Aldo van ...

“The site of the PREVI international architecture competition was located some kilometres north of the built border of Lima in - Read the rest...

Grant Park Playground, Monash Austr...

With thoughts and prayers going out to my new, now drenched but apparently all safe, friends on the East Coast - Read the rest...

Thoughts on Playground Preservation...

As some of you know from my other, infrequent, blog about garden history, I am also a historian of landscape - Read the rest...

Riverside Park Playground (as it co...

If you’re in NYC getting ready to attend the MoMA symposium and thinking about playgrounds, don’t fail to combine it - Read the rest...

Design for Play, Richard Dattner, 1...

Thanks to all of you New Yorkers who have sent suggestions for great playgrounds to see on my visit in - Read the rest...

More Playground Crochet from Toshik...

The post about the crochet playground constructions of Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam is one of the most popular ever here at - 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...

Alfred Trachsel, Swiss playground h...

The Netherlands have Aldo van Eyck, but other countries have their playground heroes as well: Lady Allen Hurtwood in England,Theodor - Read the rest...

More from Helle Nebelong

“Colour in playgrounds…needs careful control and should be used in small splashes. “A common misunderstanding is that everything in the - Read the rest...

HERO playground, Rural Studio, Gree...

I hope to someday see the work of Rural Studio in Alabama, including this playground by Melissa Teng and Joe - Read the rest...