"A city that has no room for the child is a diabolical thing."
Look around the City of Atlanta. Are we making room for our children? Are we thinking of children when we design shiny, hip and splashy mixed-use…Continue
At long last, our Playable10 International Design Competition winner is arriving at its new home! Installation of the winning design begins Saturday morning (June 23, 2012) in downtown Atlanta's Woodruff Park. The play structure will be unveiled…Continue
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On June 6th-8th we're putting on an exhibit about play, natural play, and the Chastain Park playground project. It will be at the Chastain Arts Center's City Gallery from 9am - 5pm each day, and on Thursday evening (6/7/12) from 6PM until…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 26, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments
Even if you've already seen this, it is worth watching again.
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“Play will be to the 21st century what work was to the industrial age—our dominant way of knowing, doing and creating value.” - Cultural commentator Pat Kane
(from the Museum of Modern Art press release on the upcoming exhibit the Century of the Child)
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I am obsessed with what I am calling "HiPlay" (for lack of a better name). HiPlay could be the answer to overgrown cities with no place to play. The idea comes from the new "agro-housing" or "sustainable housing" trend in the world of architecture. This picture is the winning design in…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 29, 2012 at 9:29am — No Comments
Do you know the Chastain Park Playground? We're working with the Natural Learning Initiative to create an amazing, natural, beautiful playground. Please help us by filling out this survey to let us know your thoughts about what…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 22, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments
What if children's education opened them up to the passion, talent, and joy inside their hearts and minds? What if?
Tonight I saw a wonderful story on Sixty MInutes about a symphony in Kinshasa in Congo. The musicians played and sang with such joy. It seemed that most came to music very late and thanks only to the…Continue
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West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, National Wildlife Federation, and the U.S. Forest Service invite Metro Atlanta families and friends to celebrate Southwest Atlanta’s urban forests at the 6th-Annual Urban Forestry Festival at the Outdoor Activity Center in SW Atlanta.
The festival is…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 2, 2012 at 3:45pm — No Comments
Who would ever guess that cardboard boxes could transform a playground into a downhill slalom, a giant cupcake, and a technicolor miss-mash-mansion. We did; or at least, we hoped they would.…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 28, 2012 at 12:07am — No Comments
This Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 10:00am until noon children from around the Chastain Park area are going to be faced with a stack of folded up corrugated boxes, tape, and paints, and will be told to "Go for it!" I wonder what they will do on this Fort-building…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 22, 2012 at 12:04pm — No Comments
This is a wonderful video shot in a New York CIty playground by a five-year-old in the act of playing. Apparently Mom strapped an iPod Touch to her and let her go. It's wonderful, in spite of the little bump in the road along the way. Enjoy!
(Thanks to Tim Gill for finding…
Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 13, 2012 at 10:14am — No Comments
Can you imagine being a 6-year-old girl and climbing into this nest with your best friends? I can see covering the floor of the nest with some kind of soft grasses or even blankets... I'd love for them to be able to bring big pillows and have a spend-the-night party in there. It's brilliant. It's…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 20, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments
I'll have to dig and find out who built this. Beautiful, isn't it? How fun to snuggle up in front of the window with a battery operated heater of some kind nearby (is there such a thing that wouldn't spark flames?), popcorn, thermal underwear, those sub-zero sleeping bags, hot chocolate.... I bet the view is…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 12, 2012 at 11:10am — No Comments
This is one of the best videos I've seen that clearly shows the importance of natural play at schools. Take a look. It is from my friends at School Grounds UK. Maybe we can get something going in Atlanta to improve our playgrounds AND increase the amount of time students get to go outside and play during the day. I don't know what it is going to take to convince…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 30, 2012 at 10:29am — No Comments
I'll be heading over to Clemson University again this year for the annual Conference on the Value of Play put on by the US Play Coalition, of which ATOP is a proud member. I am particularly excited about the focus on playwork this year. There aren't many playworkers in the US and I hope with a little awareness and education that will…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 30, 2012 at 10:22am — No Comments
So many people ask me what makes a good playground. Here are 10 points, each worthy of it's own post (or book chapter). My favorite, of course, is number 6. Oh, when you have number 6 you've really got something!
A wonderful playground is……..
Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 27, 2012 at 5:36am — No Comments
There is an article in today's New York Times called "Now We Are 6: Middle Childhood in Focus." The article focuses on the extraordinary…Continue
At the end of Playable10 International Design Competition we had a winning design, a playable "ATL" by Canadian talent Jeff Santos, and a beautiful site at Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta thanks to a partnership with Central Atlanta Progress. Bank of America donated the $25,000 budgeted for the build. We were ready.
There was still one little…Continue
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