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I've always loved playgrounds because they're fun ! Now that I am a grown up I work in urban planning and I like to search in every direction on what can make cities more pleasant places to live in : gardens, agriculture, participative processes, public art, furniture design ... and playgrounds :-)

Natural playgrounds in Berlin

I had the chance to visit Berlin this winter and is was a great lesson about playing with nature in the city. It feels that playgrounds are more seen like « freedom opportunities » than in France. I don’t know elsewhere, but here, you ...

Slides on stairs, Forme Publique in La Défense

Paris business district La Défense organizes a biennial design event called “Forme Publique“. 8 designers were chosen to build ad hoc new furniture. Among the projects, I really appreciated a small playground directly built on stairs ...

Concrete car circuit in Parc Montsouris, Paris

Montsouris Park in Paris is one of the 19th Century park, built during Paris reconstruction known as Haussman works. It was designed by engineer Jean-Charles Alphand, with all parisian system of planted streets and squares. I am not sure of ...

Arène de Lutèce : a great public space

I have often noticed that a big arena form is used in playgrounds, as it provides a secure environment and a lot of seating space all around the perimeter. Here is a real arena from the Gallo-Roman era in Paris which has become a public garden. ...

Zuiderpark, Rotterdam

As I was visiting Rotterdam in July, I had the opportunity to visit Zuiderpark in the South of the city. In in a huge multifunctional urban park providing open spaces, woods, paths, gardens, and playgrounds of course ! The main playground lies ...

Le Jardin de ta soeur, Bordeaux

Here are some pictures from a charming garden in Bordeaux . Its name would be “your sister’s garden” and it sounds quite funny in french, I’m not sure about English (if you have any idea of translation, I would be really ...

Closerie Falbala from Jean Dubuffet

Here are some pictures from Jean Dubuffet giant sculpture

Interview with Le Gentil Garçon

Julien Amouroux’s work has been featured on playscape here. I had the chance to meet up with him in Lyon and discover his other works and to know more about his work on playgrounds.   How did you come up designing playgrounds ? It ...

70’s Sidewalk playground in Ivry-sur-Seine

To celebrate Aldo Van Eyck and his ideas onplaying in the city, I wanted to share a fun playable sculpture near my house. It’s looks like a playground on the sidewalk with big concrete colorful shapes. The place is really appreciated by kids ...

Helen Diller playground, San Francisco

I had the chance to spend last christmas in San Francisco area. It was great to still somme sunny days in this part of the year. Of course it was also the opportunity to spend time in parks and check out for playscapes to share on the blog. ...

Dunes and Wind playground in La Villette

Happy new year to all playscapes readers and contributors ! As we talk a lot about trampolines these days, I should absolutely publish those few picture of one of Paris’ best known “alternative playgrounds” which stands in ...

Artist Playground Making-of : Génialithe and other works form Le Gentil Garçon

Today’s post is about « le Gentil Garçon », (the nice guy) an artist which has recently delivered an amazing playscape in Lyon area, which was featured on this blog a few weeks ago. Thanks to playscapes, I had the opportunity to meet ...

Jardin Botanique de Rouen : Curves from the 70’s

Visiting this 18th century botanical garden I was surprised to discover a quite nice playground probably designed in the 1970s.  I found it quite interesting that even though it is a bit old-fashioned, it has qualities that are not so easily ...

Don’t forget the parents!

Here is a short post about a neighborhood playground I discovered near my house. When I arrived in it, I immediately felt comfortable although it looked common. I then realized that the ones that seemed really to be relaxed were the parents, ...

Paris by the Seine

As with many French cities, Paris is taking advantage of being crossed by a river by designing its riverfront for leisure and the pleasure of landscape watching . The new public space “les berges” offers a good insight into what’s ...

Learning from Normandy

  As I spent time on the countryside this summer, I didn’t have lots of opportunity to visit playgrounds. So in this post, I just wanted to share the fun we had with kids just hanging out on the countryside in Normandy. As gardens ...

Experimental city making : Make them play!

Hello everyone, Before I start this first post, I wanted to thank you Paige for the great work you have been doing on playscape. I am very grateful because I found there so much helpful content. It really makes sense for me to contribute from ...