All Blog Posts Tagged 'design' (32)

Architect Richard Dattner's PlayCubes Return

As a child of the 60s and 70s I have always savored the decades for their extraordinary music and profound cultural change - and the fact that I was so young then. It has only been in the past decade that I learned about the wonderful play design that was occurring around the same time. One perfect example is that of architect and play designer Richard Dattner and his PlayCubes. …


Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 29, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Play Everywhere

I love the idea of play being everywhere, not just at the playground. When I was a kid (oh,…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on August 16, 2016 at 11:00am — 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…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 6, 2016 at 11:12am — 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…


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,…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 21, 2016 at 7:00pm — 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…


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

At Serenbe You Can Learn A Lot from Children If You Listen and Watch

If you talk to grownups who work in the field of play you will soon discover who they go to when they need real information Turns out they know a lot about play (even though many don't get to play too much any more). Recently I had the opportunity to spend a few hours with some very creative and very playful children at…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 1, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Creative Atlantans Needed to Build Playgrounds

Next week the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP) will launch the Atlanta Playmaker Registry. Everywhere I go people say they want playgrounds that don't look like they came out of a catalogue, don't cost a fortune, could be something they make themselves, are more artistic, and that really feel like their community.

To make that possible, artists, sculptors,…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 31, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Playable Art DC is OPEN!

So excited to finally have Playable Art DC underway. Right now we are looking for 3 perfect sites to place the winning entries. Tell any creative people you know about the competition. It will be open for designs in early June. Let the fun begin!

Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 22, 2014 at 11:05am — No Comments

ATOP's Woodruff Park Playground Named #1

By Cynthia Gentry, Founder & Executive Director, Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP)

Atlanta, GA  April 5, 2013

We are so proud that in their April 2013 edition Atlanta Magazine named ATOP's Woodruff Park Playground the #1 thing that every Atlantan (and hopefully visitors, too) must…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 5, 2013 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Playable Design Competition Winner is Being Installed At Last!

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 by Atlanta's Mayor Kasim Reed on July 17th. Details to follow,…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 23, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Itch is Back

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 on a …


Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 20, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

A Dream Almost Realized

The red, dancing ATLs hint at the big design about to be revealed

At long last, the winning design in the Playable10 International Design Competition has been built and was unveiled on November 1, 2011 at the huge National Parks and Recreation Association…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 20, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

First a Crazy Idea....and Now This!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 is a huge day for the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP). There's a big surprise being unveiled at the National Recreation and Parks Assn. conference, and it's something we've been working on for years. Here's how it all started:


In 2003, I built my first playground with a little help from over 400 friends and a big-hearted…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 31, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

If You Remember Something from Your Childhood....

 (Google office in Zurich - designed by the playful and brilliant architects at CamenzindEvolution)

I remember going to buy shoes in Baltimore at age 3. I entered the store via a SLIDE!!


I remember building a ghost house for my neighborhood at age 9 or so. You entered…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 6, 2011 at 7:37am — No Comments

Mrs. Jobs Was the Coolest Mom on the Block

The news broke recently just before dinnertime. Steve Jobs was resigning as CEO of Apple. Graphic artists, photographers, writers, artists, Mac-junkies, “computer nerds”, and lovers of beauty everywhere bowed their heads and sighed.  The great Master of Design (form AND function) was stepping down.


But, I’m not really here to talk about Steve. I was actually…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 1, 2011 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

From Charlemagne to Now, An Oak Tree Inspires

There is an article in this month's Garden Design Magazine about an ancient "Chapel Oak" in the tiny French farming village of Allouville-Bellfosse in Upper Normany. The tree holds two tiny chapels built in 1669. 


I just love when people cherish unique…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on August 16, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

And the Winner Is......

Jeff Santos, a video game designer from Canada won the first ever Playable10 International Design Competition with his ATL design for Woodruff Park. The competition was sponsored and organized…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 12, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

PlayablelO International Design Competition Wraps This Weekend

PlayablelO International Design Competition has been an intriguing and exhausting experience, but I think I can say it has been a success. The idea was to get designers around the world who do not normally think about designing for play to do so. We will end up with a unique playspace… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 5, 2010 at 8:54am — No Comments

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