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Shadows With a Life of Their Own



This idea of a streetlight that makes shadows based on the memory of your shadow is such a fun idea. It was created by the design team of Chomko & Rosier for a Playable City competition in the UK. 

I know this is wrong of me, but I tend to not care much about playful designs…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 16, 2016 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Art + Play + Engineering = A Dream Worthy of Installation

  Janet Echelman       +     Alberto Adolfo, Fernandez Gonzalez and Carlos Benjamin      +       Hyunjeong Kim

The artist Janet Echelman spoke at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) several months ago and I have been obsessed with figuring out how to create a play space with her ever since. She uses what are essentially fishermen's nets to create stunning, moving,…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 9, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

A Simple Reminder of the Right of All Children to Play

Thought it was time for a reminder of the simplicity and beauty of play. Plus, I just love the way the song accents the children.

Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 6, 2016 at 7:43pm — No Comments

To Win Over Poverty a Child Must Have a Dream

There is a very important article in The Atlantic titled, "Why Do Some Poor Kids Thrive?" It is a fascinating read about coming out on the winning side of a childhood of poverty.

A big factor in…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 6, 2016 at 10:42am — No Comments

Atlanta Shines a Bright Light on Parks and Play

by  Guest Blogger Lianne Epstein Deren

Recently I had the delightful and rewarding experience of attending Park Pride's 15th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference at the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Gardens. I was overwhelmed by the hope…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 1, 2016 at 4:19pm — No Comments

The Bond Between Grandparents and Grandchildren

As you could see in my previous post we have had a grand new playground open up in our neighborhood. It was the brain child of Chastain Park Conservancy Vice Chairman Jay Smith. It has been a long road - over four years, in fact - to get this gargantuan task completed and one had to wonder how Jay kept the vision alive through all the ups and downs, and…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 19, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

A Dream Realized

The Summer Dale Treehouse at Play Chastain (Atlanta, Georgia)

What if you lost someone you loved dearly? There is never a replacement, but sometimes, just sometimes, a memorial or remembrance is so powerful that it touches the heart and softens the blow just a bit. …

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 18, 2016 at 9:50am — No Comments

Just a Few More Days!

PARKS AND PLAY!! IS THE THEME

Monday, March 21, 2016 (all day)

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

It is incredibly exciting and promising that the big annual Park Pride Parks and Greenspace Conference has Parks and Play : A Conversation for All Ages as its topic this year.…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 15, 2016 at 10:34pm — No Comments

Playing with a Hairbrush and Colors?

Who said play has to be on a playground? Not us! We love playgrounds, of course, but play is also funny and creative and artistic, and did we mention funny?…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 9, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Six Years Later It Still Rings True

Six years ago today I posted these pictures and thoughts about play being akin to a universal language. I have learned so much about play since I wrote this, but the words seem truer to me now than they did then. Play is fundamental. It is a basic right of children, because it is a universal truth, a common language, a requirement for a healthy and happy childhood. Back when I wrote this I didn't realize how ever present…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 6, 2016 at 11:12am — No Comments

A Decades-Old Memory of Playing in Baltimore

This is not an ordinary slide you see before you. This is the slide that three-year-old me slid down on the way to buy shoes. It was magic. The anticipation of arriving at the store that you entered via a slide is so vivid and alive that it is as if it happened yesterday, instead of (gulp) 59 years ago. This piece of magical history still exists in Towson,…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 4, 2016 at 10:19pm — No Comments

I'm Flying...FLYING!!

So THAT is what it feels like to fly! To be Peter Pan or Tinker Bell, or a Red-Tailed Hawk or a ring-tailed lemur... 

Still think play is trivial? Something relegated to "down time"? Do you think there has to be a reason to play - an outcome? What if we just let kids play? Play, just for play's sake, is more than good…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 3, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Remembering What Was Learned at Play

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders reflects on the benefits of street play when he was a child in Brooklyn, NY. The inset is a picture of Senator Sanders and his older brother in front of the same building.

This is NOT a political statement. Click on the image above to see a…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 13, 2016 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Symposium on Design for Children, Families and Nature in the City

Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 25, 2016 at 11:09am — No Comments

A Little Snow Learning

This blog from Public Workshop's Alex Gilliam is worth sharing here even if Atlanta's Snowmageddon only yielded drifts of 1/16th of an inch. (Hear…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 24, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Design a City to Embrace Children, Please

This Capitol Hill (DC) treehouse has sparked debate among neighbors, with some saying it shouldn't have been constructed 20 inches over their property line into the alley. (Larry Janezich/Capitol Hill Corner)

Have you ever noticed how many people who don't have a dog can't tolerate dogs,…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 21, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

FACT: Children Need Recess

Kindergartners get into recess. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Atlanta pediatrician and parent Sarah Gard Lazarus has done a great service to the children of Atlanta with her opinion piece on recess …

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 14, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

There's Magic at Your Feet All Over Town

Tiny doors are appearing in the most unexpected places.

Little sprinkles of fairy dust and wonder have been cropping up over Atlanta for the past year or so in the shape of tiny . The magicians making it happen are highlighted in an article on ARTSatl.com today. Anything that brings wonder to human hearts of any and all…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 15, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Yes. Play in a City Is Good for the Entire City



Everyone is talking about attracting "Millennials" to Atlanta to help build a vibrant, creativity-based economy, but what about keeping (aka sustaining) that population as they grow and have families? They don't stop being creative and good for the city when they have children, they become MORE interested than ever in having a great place to live. It's just…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 11, 2015 at 11:20am — No Comments

Teens Still Want to Play

Chastain Park teens talk about how they like to play in this raw footage. The male voice offering advice from off-camera is former ABC News correspondent Al Dale, father of Summer Dale. The young ladies from L-R: Summer Dale, Ana Dodys, Reeves, Trivette.

Everyone complains about teenagers so much that we forget they are still kids.…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 5, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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