Swing Time, Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Boston, 2014

Continuing the trend for swing installations, the work of Höweler + Yoon Architecture on the lawn at D Street in Boston has been “wildly successful”, according to the Atlantic’s CityLab.  As they point out, the space is remarkable for NOT being a master-planned, highly architectural project with built-in elements that tell the public what it must do there.  Instead, it’s a temporary installation in an in-between space, just the sort of spot that is perfect for play in the post-playground era.

This “outdoor experimental event landscape” is a testing ground–soon to be a construction site for the convention center’s expansion–of ideas “somewhere between traditional planning and the chair-bombings and overnight parklets of guerilla urbanism” that might be included in a permanent park to be built later,

It was also designed to reflect the tech-geeky side of Boston’s culture, so the 20 interactive swings contain accelerometers that measure the force of swinging and adjust the swing’s glow from white to blue to purpley pink.

Swing Time successfully frees the swing from the playground and its traditional form, and makes swinging in Boston, at least temporarily,  a communal and visually rich experience.   It’s in place until October 31, so hurry!

[Thanks to Tali for the tip!]

2 Responses to “Swing Time, Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Boston, 2014”

  1. Paige Johnson said:

    Thanks Cynthia. I am reminded that you have sent me some email which is probably lost now in the depths of my inbox. Send again if necessary.

    October 22, 2014 at 12:59 pm

  2. Cynthia Gentry said:

    The swings match your logo!

    October 21, 2014 at 11:46 pm

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