A creative playground is only half a creative space; it’s also a creative attitude. And we’re changing attitudes as much as we’re changing spaces.
Because it’s difficult to find non-commercial playground information. And I find that frustrating.
Because a playground doesn’t have to cost a million bucks and come in a box. In fact, it’s better if it doesn’t.
Because playgrounds are under-recognized as an artistic medium.
Because everybody loves a playground.
Interplay between the object and the child makes his total world — play. He exploits the vitality of his environment and draws upon his imagination to create his world.
If childhood is a journey, let us see to it the child does not travel by night.
Better a broken arm than a broken spirit.
The most interesting place in the typical playground is the drinking fountain.
I am convinced that standardised playgrounds are dangerous, just in another way: When the distance between all the rungs in a climbing net or a ladder is exactly the same, the child has no need to concentrate on where he puts his feet. Standardisation is dangerous because play becomes simplified and the child does not have to worry about his movements.
Whatever space and time mean, place and occasion mean more.
If you want to do something nice for a child, give them an environment where they can touch things as much as they want.