Exhibition On View: September 21 – December 16, 2017
Chicago Public Library: Harold Washington Library Center
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 – Select Featured Playgrounds:
Maggie Daley Park, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Courtesy of MVVA
Ambulance Playground, Super Local
Beit CURE Hospital, Malawi, Africa
Courtesy of Super Local
Terra Nova, Hapa Collaborative and City of Richmond
Courtesy of Hapa Collaborative