Tilts on the Playground, Kukuk, 2004-2014

Playgrounds-should-not-be-flat means firstly utilizing or creating an interesting ground topography, but secondly it means bending and tilting the surfaces of the constructed parts of the playground to increase their challenge and playability.   One of the drawbacks of manufactured playgrounds is the sheer uniformity of their steps, platforms, and surfaces.   Be inspired by Kukuk to make a twisted ramp, a tilting ladder, a wonky climbing wall, steps that vary in size and height, or a playhouse that sits askew.  

One Response to “Tilts on the Playground, Kukuk, 2004-2014”

  1. Ariel said:

    Hi Paige!

    I´m a 5th grade teacher at a school in Ecuador that is shifting towards project based learning and I´ve been offered the chance to work with two of my classes to design a playground for the school. I´ve been enjoying discussions with the children about not just what they want, but why they want it (allowing us to go from demands for a rollercoaster to ideas for a zipline, slide, gokart track, or some other more affordable way of moving quickly through a space).

    I´d like to do a simple design talk with them. The start of this article (“Playgrounds should not be flat”) makes for an easy way to start a discussion on playground design for a group of 10 year olds.

    Do you have any other “truisms” that can be stated so simply? Ideally there’d be a few that contradicted each other – it’s nice to have points to start conversations and it’d be nice to have clear examples to show that rules can, and often should, be broken.

    Thanks very much for your website! It´s been a great source of material and inspiration for the class so far.

    All the best,

    November 04, 2015 at 2:34 pm

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