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An Introduction to Modern Playscapes

In honor of our family themed July/August issue, we've invited guest writer Paige Johnson, who spearheads the blog Playscapes, to share her perspective on some of the most innovative contemporary design targeted to kids. Week 1: An Introduction to Modern Playscapes.
 

From playgrounds that derive inspiration from nature to pop-up urban installations, spaces for play are transitioning away from traditional manufactured solutions—ie. the ubiquitous plastic and/or metal jungle gyms one spies at most playgrounds—and getting the attention they deserve as exciting design opportunities. I use the term playscapes to highlight sites that move beyond the playground fence to become total landscapes for play.

By using only safety surfacing and equipment in a naturalized garden space, Stoss Landscape Urbanism designed a springy playscape that also comments on our obsession with playground safety (gotta watch those trees).Image courtesy of Stoss Landscape Urbanism.

Click through the slideshow for a look at seven great playscapes.

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