Taking inspiration from the 1950’s Human Roulette at Coney Island, Amy Franceschini and Dan Allende from Futurefarmers have created a temporary public sculpture for Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale Of Urbanism\Architecture. It’s The People’s Roulette, an over-sized wooden structure conceived for children and curious adults, that have fun while it rotates faster and faster.
City is a Playground by Florian Rivière subverts our daily routines by turning familiar urban infrastructures and markings into new sites for fun and play. Rivière’s interpretations draw on his childhood games, subconscious suggestions, and days spent dreaming and re-imagining different ways to engage with the city. In his world, our daily encounters with everyday street furniture and objects are turned on their head. Dustbins become basketball hoops, bike lanes transform into running tracks and manholes become bullseye targets. Using materials from the street, temporary graffiti methods, duct tape and found objects, Rivière’s city markings turn the city into an urban, physical game board.
Scattered across the city, you will stumble across Rivière’s pieces. They have specifically been left off the map so that you can discover, play and explore
PULSO by Al Borde Arquitectos. Estaciones de Transporte Urbano – ECOVÍA, Quito - Ecuador, 2011
Bijlmerpark by Carve Landscape Architecture.
The ‘king crawler’ structure is a multilevel playing wall that incorporates facilities for the playground manager and two public toilets. The playing strip is located at the foot of two rolling green hills with trees. On top of the hill a skate-park consisting of two connected pools is hidden, with banks and stairs coming down to ground-level again On top of the other hill one can find a water and sand playground, a colorful landscape for the youngest children with sandboxes and water-jets.
A temporary installation in osaka, japan, the ‘osaka board game park’ was the result of a collaboration between japanese architects TOFU, yuji tamai and the kansai university urban design lab, focusing on the use of public spaces.
although osaka’s transportation is historically canal-based, the waterfront is currently going through revitalization. As part of the initiative, the art installation was in the osaka 2011 festival located at the east end of nakanoshima park.
Focused on checkers, the project consisted of various scales of the board game integrated into the surrounding greenery. To keep the project low cost, materials such as paper, cardboard, cloth, vinyl sheet flooring, wood tile, stone and stainless steel were used. the sculptural forms of the checker board simultaneously functioned as a small play ground as the visitors climbed and sat on the structures. the urban reimagining of the landscape was a demonstration of economically
sustainable ways to successfully enrich public spaces.
Imagination playground. A breakthrough playspace concept designed by David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play. With a focus on loose parts, Imagination Playground offers a changing array of elements that allows children to constantly reconfigure their environment and to design their own course of play. Giant foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric and crates overflow with creative potential for children to play, dream, build and explore endless possibilities.
At the Maris College (The Hague, Netherlands) Bisscheroux & Voet designed world’s largest school bell, WOOFAH.
Factoria Joven or Youth Factory in Merida, Spain, was designed by Madrid-based Selgascano (Josè Selgas and Lucia Cano) Architects to meet the needs of the youth from the area, a fun place and attractive place to spend the day. The “youth factory” attracts the restless kids from the streets and provides them with a place to skateboard, dance, climb rocks, create graffiti, whatever they would otherwise do in much more sinister surroundings. There’s also a computer lab and a dance studio in this complex, both around 800 square meters in size and there are also meeting rooms, spaces for theatre, video and music as well.
Crater Lake, an installation project by 24° Studio will be exhibited at Kobe Biennale 2011 from October 1 through November 23. The project was one of the winners for Shitsurai Art International Competition organized by the city of Kobe, Japan. This multi-use environmental installation serves as a meeting place where every area can be used as seating for visitors to contemplate the surroundings, thus invoking a social interaction within and around.
Montessori School Fuji Kindergarten by Tezuka Architects. A novel kind of kindergarten, it is a work that opens a completely new paradigm for school architecture. This building has been created as a huge piece of play equipment with the scale of a child and without any walls or corners.
The way the children learned and played is transformed and vastly improved. The public is also attracted and invited onto the round deck on a daily basis to enjoy a site that they would’ve probably passed by without noticing in the past…
Sculptural Playground by Annabau. The retrofitting of the “Schulberg” in Wiesbaden (Germany) creates a new extraordinary public space. The playgrounds outstanding architectural design, overlooking the city center of Wiesbaden, is attracting people of all ages and ethnical backgrounds to meet and communicate through the action of play.
Whether you’re in Berlin or Milan, this weekend cities are public playing fields. Besides allariscossa created by esterni, from 17th to 19th June You are GO! International Street Games Festival is going to propose outdoor games in Berlin, using tools as smartphones and walkie-talkies, chalk and ballons, crazy fictions and bodies in urban space.
Enjoy the cities!
Playgrounds snd schoolyards by NIPPaysage_Redesign and renovation of numerous outdoor spaces and school yards. Projects include efforts to reduce existing heat islands and create a rich diversity of athletic, leisure and educational activities. Projects contribute to neighbourhood dynamics and local urban experiences.