Extraordinary Playscapes • Exhibit Now On View in Chicago

Start Date

September 21, 2017

End Date

December 16, 2017


Extraordinary Playscapes 

Exhibition On View: September 21 – December 16, 2017
Chicago Public Library: Harold Washington Library Center, 3rd floor & Children’s Center

Featured in The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, FastCo Exist, WBUR’s The ARTeryNext CityCurbed, PDX Parent, and Oregon Public Broadcasting.


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.

This expansive exhibition arrives in Chicago on September 21st after successful residencies in Boston, MA, Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA. 

Exhibition Preview – Featured Playgrounds:

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Maggie Daley Park, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Chicago, IL
Courtesy of MVVA

Wild Walk, Chip Reay and The Wild Center
Tupper Lake, NY
Courtesy of the Wild Center


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Esplanade Playspace, Halvorson Design Partnership
Boston, MA
Courtesy of Halvorson Design Partnership

Takino Rainbow Nest, Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam
Takino, Japan
Courtesy of Interplay Design


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Ambulance Playground, Super Local
Beit CURE Hospital, Malawi, Africa
Courtesy of Super Local

Lead Image:
Terra Nova, Hapa Collaborative and City of Richmond
Richmond, Canada
Courtesy of Hapa Collaborative