The Playground Project: English

Extended new version!

Gabriela Burkhalter, Kunsthalle Zürich; Texts by: Gabriela Burkhalter, Franklin Kirimi, Fan Lok Yi, Prisca Okila, Mitsuri Senda und Also Solano Rojas (DE), 392 p. with 148 colour and 166 b/w illustrations, Park Books, Zürich, 2023.
ISBN: 978-3-03860-350-4

Between 1930 and 1990 playgrounds developed into a creative laboratory. Cities, not only of industrialised nations but around the world, became hubs for innova-tive, eccentric, and exciting projects. Artists, landscape architects, designers, and activists sought to provide children with the best-possible places for play - and opened up new ways of thinking about community and the city.

The Playground Project presents the first ever comprehensive overview of this history and is now available in its third, fully revised and expanded edition.

In addition to numerous previously unpublished images, this definitive work features initiatives such as Aktion Samtal in Stockholm, Abenteuerspielplatz Märkisches Viertel in Berlin, Kounkuey Design Initiative in Kenya, Spielwagen Berlin and Urban Deadline in New York. It also pays tribute to central figures such as Lady Allen of Hurtwood, Ricardo Dalisi, Aldo van Eyck, Ute Fritzsch, Renate Müller, Isamu Noguchi, Niki de Saint Phalle and many more.

Following a foreword by Japanese architect Mitsuru Senda, the book provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of the modern playground, situating it at the intersection of education, architecture, urbanism, design, and recreational policies. A special focus of this third edition is on the forgotten history of the playground in the former GDR, the culture of memory surrounding Shek Lei Playground in Hong Kong, and the state-building significance of playgrounds in Mexico.

Edited by Gabriela Burkhalter, with contributions by Gabriela Burkhalter, Franklin Kirimi, Fan Lok Yi, Prisca Okila, Mitsuru Senda and Aldo Solano Rojas.

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