The Playground Project

Gabriela Burkhalter, Kunsthalle Zürich; Texts by: Xavier de la Salle, Vincent Romagny, Sreejata Roy (germ./engl.), 240 p. with 72 color and 127 b/w images, JRP|Ringier, Zürich, 2016. ISBN: 978-3-03764-454-6

Between 1950 and 1980 the playground devel- oped into a creative laboratory. The cities of industrialized nations became hubs for innovative, eccentric, and exciting projects: landscape archi- tects, artists, activists, and citizens sought to provide children with the best possible places to play in, and opened up new ways to think about the community and the city.
The Playground Project revives the wealth of ideas of that time to inspire us today. Through numerous previously unpublished pictures and essays, this publication explores the history of the playground as it was shaped by education, architecture, art, and politics. It pays tribute to the most important figures, many of them forgotten today: Marjory Allen (Lady Allen of Hurtwood), Joseph Brown, Riccardo Dalisi, Richard Dattner, Aldo van Eyck, M. Paul Friedberg, Alfred Ledermann, Alfred Trachsel, Group Ludic, Egon Møller-Nielsen, Palle Nielsen, Isamu Noguchi, Josef Schagerl, Mitsuru (Man) Senda, and Carl Theodor Sørensen.
The Playground Project is edited by Gabriela Burkhalter, with texts by Daniel Baumann, Gabriela Burkhalter, Vincent Romagny, Sreejata Roy, and Xavier de la Salle.

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