[Exhibition] “The Playground Project. Architecture for children” at DAM

Between 1950 and 1980 the playground was a creative laboratory. In the cities of the Global North, innovative, crazy and exciting projects emerged: Landscape architects, artists, activists and citizens wanted to provide children with the best place for play and try out a new approach to community and city at the same time.

 

Group Ludic: Park Blijdorp, Rotterdam (NL), im Auftrag von De Bijenkorf, 1970 Copyright: Xavier de la Salle

 

Starting with the pioneers of new playground concepts in the first half of the 20th century, The Playground Project brings the wealth of this period to life — with images, models, plans, books and numerous films, but also with playground sculptures for climbing, sliding and hiding.


 

“The Playground Project. Architecture for children”
9 November, 2019 – 21 June, 2020
Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)
Schaumainkai 43, Frankfurt am Main
Germany

 


Everybody, be they children, parents, playground planners, teachers, architects or students, is welcome to discover the playground of yesterday and to consider those of tomorrow. The Playground Project was curated by Gabriela Burkhalter for the Kunsthalle Zürich, updated and complemented for the DAM.

 

Group Ludic: Rue de Boucry, Paris, 1969
Copyright: Xavier de la Salle

Pädagogische Aktion, Spielaktion München-Neuperlach, 1971
Copyright: Wolfgang Zacharias

DAM “Playground” exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

DAM “Playground” exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

DAM “Playground” exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

DAM “Playground” exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

DAM “Playground” exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

DAM “Playground” exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully

DAM “Playground” exhibition view © Moritz Bernoully


 

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