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Maier Yagod holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelors degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is a practicing architect. He is the founder of the “Jerusalem Playground and Open Spaces Research Group” and the the “Parametric Playground Research Group”. He lives in Musrara, Jerusalem

Slottspark, Kristineberg, Stockholm, Sweden – Animals of Fun

Playspaces designed by Ole B. Nielsen and Christian Jensen, founders of Monstrum, are well known  to the followers of this PlayScapes.com. Paige Johnson has written about their creations on a number of occasions such as the excellent Tower ...

Art as Playscape Egon Möller-Nielsen and the Modernist Play ethic

Most playscapes in our age tend to include identical, factory made products. If you walk into a playground anywhere in the world, you can easily find playstructures made by the same manufactures, and as such, include almost identical playstructures. ...

Strömparken – Norrköping, Sweden – A Living Room for Fish and People

  Quality playscapes, nature and post-industrial landscapes seem to be rich ingredients for playspaces. The construction of the Strömparken park started in 2012, and the park itself was inaugurated in 2013. Designed by the Landscape architects ...

Beersheba’s Electrical Slides

Modernist urban planning has traditionally liked to see the designation of land use in the form of a single program (housing, commercial, cultural, ludic etc.). We are used to seeing playgrounds as autonomous spaces in the city demarcated by ...

Form and Sensibility – Modi’in sinous Playground

Play and Art seem to be in a never-ending dance of mutual admiration, and public works of art constructed as objects-in-themselves often become places of ludic pastime. With regard to playgrounds, there have been many attempts to combine these ...

Hebrew Language Park – Rishon Letzion – Pedagogy and Play

For the past several years Israel’s park planners have devoted their efforts to “themed” playgrounds. This trend began in the City of Holon, which branded itself as “The City of Children” and has spread like wildfire to other parts ...

Micro-architecture at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem – Play and Placemaking as Cultural Artifact

I first came across this structure when visiting the Israel Museum a number of months ago. Construction had yet to be completed; perhaps this is the best time to assess a structure, since one can see the bare structure and its workings. The ...

Karmiel Family Park

The Karmiel Family Park is considered a large urban park by Israeli standards. 18 dunams (around 4.5 acres) of attractions, slides, ropes, grasslands, bridges, balance beams, mini-golf, mazes etc. makes it a daring if not dazzling example of ...

Marmelada Park Be’er Sheva

St. Columbs Park Adventure Play Environment, Derry/Londonderry: Practicing Risktaking

In a recent visit to Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland I came across an interesting and exciting project. This project is known as the St. Columbs Park Adventure Play Environment situated within St. Columbs Park. The Play Environment is ...

Dynamic Maze – Playing through Walls – Ramat Hasharon

Tucked away between residential and public buildings in Ramat Hasharon one can find a playspace designed by the two architects Yael Gilad and Galit Shiff . The two created an interesting and imaginative play area with the expressed purpose of ...

Big Bambú – Investigations in experimental playscapes

One of the most impressive art play spaces which were created this summer  in Jerusalem was the “Big Bambú” at the Israel Museum’s Billy Rose art Garden. This colossal installation created by the brothers Doug and Mike Starn together ...

Kar Bakikar – Public Domestic Playscape

Inside and outside, private and public, are usually seen as distinct realms. Kar Bakikar (or by its other name “Touch Me”) is an art installation set up in 2012 that challenges this binary approach...

Star Park – Modi’in

The Star Park is situated in Modi’in, a city halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. A striking feature of its population is the high percentage of children and young families.  This rather specific demographic has led planners to focus attention ...

Jerry the Dragon (1980-Present)

Jerry the Dragon is a play sculpture situated inside the Jerusalem Liberty Bell Park (Gan Hapa’amon, in Hebrew). This park (which I have written about previously)  was designed by the architect Ulrik Plesner. To enter the park, from street-level ...

Syllabic Playscape: The Ben Swig Memorial Garden, Jerusalem

The Ben Swig Memorial Garden is a municipal park built in a valley below the Nayot neighborhood in Jerusalem. The park is a large green area in the city which is part of a larger green belt of parks running along a major four lane thoroughfare. ...

Israel and van Eyck – lessons remembered

The influence of Aldo van Eyck on architecture and even more so on urban design in Israel cannot be understated. As a formative figure during the latter part of the modernist movement in architecture, Van Eyck had a distinct and far-reaching ...

“Full Gas in Neutral” – A Jerusalem municipal ride

“Full Gas in Neutral” is a local expression for doing something futile. It is also the name of an interactive art installation designed and constructed by Anat and Ilan Berman which was inaugurated in August 2013. The piece won a national ...

Whirl – Kirkur – Playscape as art

A small play sculpture (220 cm x 260 cm x 280 cm) which is situated within the Bloomfield Garden in Jerusalem. The sculpture is called in English Whirl or Kirkur in Hebrew (which means something pretty similar “to jump, dance and spin”). ...

Liberty Bell Park – Gan HaPa’amon

Liberty Bell Park (Gan Hapa’amon in Hebrew) is a large, multi-programmed park. It was established in 1976 and commemorates the American Bicentennial. In its center is a replica of the Liberty Bell. The park includes a number of basketball ...

Monster Park in Jerusalem

Rabinovich park, better known as the Monster park (or Miflezet in Hebrew), is probably one of the most iconic parks in the city of Jerusalem, if not in the country. Situated in the south-western neighborhood of Kiryat Hayovel this park has one ...

Port of Tel Aviv Promenade and Playscape

Port of Tel Aviv Promenade and Playscape, includes a large sandbox, undulating surfaces, and various shapes and sizes of benches. Was designed by Mayslits Kassif Architects together with Galila Yavin

Lion Fountain – Blumfield Park

The Lion Sculpture The Lion sculpture is a water fountain and a sculpture in the Blumfield Park in Jerusalem. This fountain is situated near the Liberty Bell Park, The Jerusalem Cinematheque and St Andrew’s Church. Roughly speaking it ...