Dienstag, 17. Mai 2011

Architecture for children

The sun is shining, take the kids to a playground - a modernist playground! Gabriela Burkhalter's Website Architektur für Kinder (architecture for children) is a wonderful ressource for playground projects by artists and architects between 1945 and 1975. Often with radically new concepts, they were not only modern in shape, but also mirroring modernist reform pedagogy with their combination of strict modernism and abstraction, playfulness, openness and variability (emphasis on creativity) and a sense for adventure.

From top to bottom:
1. from the magazine article: 400 terrains de jeux, vus et commentés par Jacques Simon
Aménagement des espaces libres, fascicule 4, in: revue Espaces verts (revue d'aménagement de l'espace rural et de loisirs), saint-michel-sur-orge, France, 1975
2. Michael Grossert's playground for the Aumatten schoolyard in Reinach, Switzerland (1967)
3. Group Ludic, Paris
4. Cover of the book: Alfred Ledermann, Alfred Trachsel: Spielplatz und Gemeinschaftszentrum (2nd edition 1968), Switzerland/Germany

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