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The Playground Project


An anthology on play — playgrounds as art

Until the 1980s—and in rare cases until today—playgrounds were places for social experiments, risky projects, and spectacular sculptures. Architects, urban planners, artists, parents, and children were invited to leave their comfort zone and to venture into something new in the design and use of playgrounds.

The Playground Project explores these exemplary initiatives, pioneering acts, and adventures in designing modern childhood. Examples from Europe, the USA, Japan, and India are discussed in depth and illustrated with numerous images.

Truly a comprehensive overview, this volume includes works by artists, architects and landscape architects such as Marjory Allen, Joseph Brown, Riccardo Dalisi, Richard Dattner, Aldo van Eyck, M. Paul Friedberg, Group Ludic (Xavier de la Salle, Simon Koszel, David Roditi), Alfred Ledermann and Alfred Trachsel, Palle Nielsen, Egon Møller-Nielsen, Isamu Noguchi, Joseph Schagerl, Mitsuru Senda and Carl Theodor Sørensen.

Critic and curator Daniel Baumann (director of Kunsthalle Zürich) introduces the publication, which includes a comprehensive text on the historical development of the playground and its most important designers by urban planner and political scientist Gabriela Burkhalter, as well as essays by French sociologist and artist Xavier de la Salle; Indian artist Sreejata Roy; and French philosopher and curator Vincent Romagny.

Designed by Dan Solbach

Published by JRP|Ringier, with the Kunsthalle Zürich, 2016

Bilingual, in German and English

Softcover, 256 pages, 152 color and 111 b&w images, 8 × 10.5 inches

ISBN: 978-3-03764-454-6