“If we see the playground as a potentially vibrant public space, then we have to rethink what it looks like and who goes there.” ― Susan Solomon
As the culture of childhood and ideas about recreation continue to evolve, so do designs for our parks and playgrounds. This program was a conversation about the future of urban play. We discussed how everything from conceptions of childhood, trends in parenting, and evolving safety standards impact the design of our play spaces. Surveying the latest currents, from adventure and imagination playgrounds, to nature-based and intergenerational play, we explored questions like: Is play just for children? Does it need a designated space? What should be the role of play spaces in exposing users to and protecting them from risk? What are our playgrounds getting right? What lessons can be learned from other places?
Participants: Amy Fusselman, writer and editor; Marta Gutman, architect and historian; Chris Nolan, vice president for planning, design and construction, Central Park Conservancy; Susan G. Solomon, architectural historian; Nancy Prince, deputy chief for design, NYC Parks
This event is designated for AIA CES (1.5 LU) and ASLA CES PDH/HSW (2 LU).