Playground Events at the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh PA

SATURDAYS, JANUARY 18–FEBRUARY 8 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

TEEN WORKSHOP Architecture 101: Playgrounds and Public Spaces

$100 ($85 members); Includes sketchbook and all materials.

To register, call 412.622.3288.

Artists and architects are responsible for some of the most interesting and exciting places to play, like the designs on view in The Playground Project that go way beyond swings and slides. Let the exhibition inspire your creative thinking about adventurous play spaces and structures. Give your playground ideas visual form as you learn the iterative design process, considering factors like site and materials. Build your architectural drawing skills, learning to make plans, sections, and 3-D models of your own creative designs, guided by advanced students at Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 6:30–8 p.m

Playing It (Too) Safe: Play, Playgrounds, and the Value of Risk.
CMA Theater; Free; Act 48 hours available. 

American playgrounds, hampered by simplistic notions of safety and protection, have become exceedingly dull to kids and lost their role as hubs of community life. Children lack opportunities to experience appropriate elements of risk and to assess, confront, and learn from unpredictable situations.Susan Solomon, author of American Playgrounds: Revitalizing Community Space, reveals the critical importance of risk and adventure in well-designed playgrounds and illustrates how play sites can be improved quickly and, often, inexpensively. Short presentations and a panel discussion also includes Wendy Nilsson, executive director of Partnership for Providence Parks (Rhode Island) on transforming and stewarding neighborhood parks; Gabriela Burkhalter, curator of The Playground Project, on play sculpture as public space; and representatives from the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), Mayor Bill Peduto’s office, and North Braddock’s Recycle Park project.Presented with PAEYC as part of Pittsburgh’s Playful City USA series.

Please visit for more information on either event.


2 Responses to “Playground Events at the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh PA”

  1. Cal Cooper said:

    Are the displays open to the members of the Carnegie Science Center. I am a member and in the Playground business. My daughter also works there.

    January 20, 2014 at 3:42 pm

  2. Cal Cooper said:

    Wow That is neat. My daughter works at Carnegie Science Center and I am in the playground business. I did not know about this course. How did this course come about. Please also look for my application for the playground correspondent on your site.

    January 20, 2014 at 3:33 pm

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