Announcing the Touring Program for the Extraordinary Playscapes Exhibition

The program on design and play is now available to communities across the country

Media Contact: Amanda Hawkins, Exhibitions Manager, Design Museum Foundation    888-287-0167 x703


Boston (August 28, 2018) — Design Museum Foundation is pleased to announce the exhibition touring program and availability of Extraordinary Playscapes, a critically-acclaimed, nationally-traveling exhibition on design and the importance of outdoor play. Extraordinary Playscapes has been featured by Fast Company, Next City, Curbed, The Boston Globe, ArchDaily, CBC Radio Canada, and more.

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Play is vital to healthy human development; it influences everything from our social and cognitive advancement to our emotional and physical well-being. By examining the art, history, science, and importance of play — as well as 40 notable examples of playground design from around the world — Extraordinary Playscapes explores how designers translate play objectives into innovative environments; spaces where kids can grow, create, explore, and most importantly… play.

“I’ve never seen such an amazing collection of playspaces from around the world in one inspiring place,” said Richard Dattner, Principal of Dattner Architects and American Institute of Architects Fellow. “There is an international interest in designing children’s play environments. I learned a lot walking through the show, it’s truly an incredible exhibit on the design for play going on around the world.”

The exhibition is designed to travel and has been produced in six venues across the U.S. over the last two years: Boston Society of Architects Space; Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR; San Francisco Public Library; Dallas Center for Architecture; Center for Architecture & Design in Seattle, WA; and Chicago Public Library.

Those wishing to celebrate outdoor play and design can now bring Extraordinary Playscapes to their communities through Design Museum Foundation’s touring exhibition program. The program is available for a tour fee and is highly customizable to activate and adapt to different venues as well as to engage the public through event programming and more.

“Exhibiting Extraordinary Playscapes at the Center for Architecture and Design in Seattle was a great experience! Design Museum made it simple to replicate in our design gallery and the exhibition itself created a fun and interactive environment that allowed us to engage with more children and families and share the importance of design,” said Megan Harmon, Gallery Associate at AIA Seattle.

Details on the Extraordinary Playscapes touring exhibition program, including available elements and customizable options can be downloaded here. A 200-page publication titled, Design & Play, complements the exhibition, including all the content and research from the program along with thought leadership articles for leading play and design experts. Published by Design Museum Press, Design & Play is available for wholesale to participating partners and bookstores.

Extraordinary Playscapes is a special exhibition, it’s interesting and enlightening to experts in the field of playscape design and accessible to the general public, all at the same time. From kids to adults, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and learn from in this exhibit. We’re proud to be able to bring it to communities around the country,” said Sam Aquillano, Executive Director of Design Museum Foundation.

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