On View: April 6 – July 8, 2017
San Francisco Main Library
Fisher Children’s Center, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA
This national exhibition and education program explores the latest thinking in playground design while presenting how vital free play is to childhood development, thriving communities, and social equity.
What we learn through play impacts our physical, mental, social, and creative health — and designers, architects, and play advocates are taking notice. Extraordinary Playscapes examines the art, history, science, and importance of play, while telling the story behind some of the most incredible play spaces in the world. Featuring over 40 international playgrounds, drawings, sketches, videos, scale models, and playable installations, the interactive exhibition examines the importance of play and the latest thinking in playground design. From towering treetop paths to hand-knit crochet playgrounds, visitors will discover how architects and designers worldwide are engaging diverse communities to translate play objectives into state-of-the-art and meaningful environments.
Explore San Francisco playgrounds this summer with our interactive Playground Passport!
Along with the public exhibition, we’re taking the program right to your local playgrounds. Design Museum San Francisco kiosks will highlight and tell the story behind some of San Francisco’s most amazing playgrounds: who designed it, what strategies it is using, and more. Beginning April 6th, pick up a playground passport at the exhibition or a participating playground and take the tour this summer!
Maggie Daley Park, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Courtesy of MVVA
Ambulance Playground, Super Local
Beit CURE Hospital, Malawi, Africa
Courtesy of Super Local