Extraordinary Playscapes is an exciting exhibition curated by the Design Museum Foundation exploring the importance of play in childhood development while showcasing how designers translate play objectives into innovative, extraordinary, and outdoor play environments.
Extraordinary Playscapes premiered at BSA Space, Boston’s leading center for architecture, this past spring and is currently on display in Portland, Oregon. The exhibition will travel to San Francisco and Chicago in 2017.
Extraordinary Playscapes includes playable installations, videos, scale models, and hands-on elements for viewers as they explore the art, history, and science behind the world of play. As part of the exhibition, Playworld equipment was installed in Boston at City Hall Plaza and at Chinatown Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Now pieces from the company are calling Portland home.
Pacific Northwest College of Art - Portland, OR
PlayForm 7, a brand new play sculpture—interactive art that is designed to be played on and provides different experiences than a traditional playground—is installed at Portland’s Pacific Northwest College of Art. The temporary play space leverages public art as a means to reunite communities.
City Hall Plaza - Boston, MA
PlayForm 7 made its first Extraordinary Playscapes appearance in June of 2016 at Boston’s City Hall Plaza as a temporary play space installation.
Chinatown Park - Boston, MA
Chinatown Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway is home to Playworld's first installation of PlayCubes, equipment offering a new form for open-ended play. Originally introduced in the 1960s by architect Richard Dattner, the once popular playground structure has been given new life through an exclusive partnership between Dattner and Playworld.
The Boston Globe - this article explored the changing designs of playgrounds featured in the Extraordinary Playscapes exhibit.
Boston Magazine - overview of the Extraordinary Playscapes exhibition.
Architect's Toy Box - popular design blog featuring PlayCubes.
PDX Parent - overview of Extraordinary Playscapes in Portland.
Extraordinary Playscapes Exhibition Locations
Attend an Extraordinary Playscapes Exhibition near you! Playworld has and will have installations in Boston, Portland, San Francisco and Chicago.
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