Cynthia Gentry's Blog Posts Tagged 'design' (25)

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…


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…


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…

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

Playable10 Playground in Atlanta Paper

We were so excited to see the upcoming Woodruff Park playground mentioned in an op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The playground is an initiative of the Playable10 International Design Competition which is founded and co-organized by the Atlanta Taskforce on Play with Georgia Tech's College of Architecture. The… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 5, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Dumpster Diving, Anyone?

Only in New York would somebody turn old dumpsters into mini-pools that get lugged into the city on a Saturday morning. What a hilarious idea. I'm not going to bother thinking through whether it is sustainable as anything other than a stunt. I'm just looking at the pictures (on the Inhabitat…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on August 21, 2010 at 11:47am — No Comments

Making Work More Like Play

This is a picture of the world headquarters of the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP), and that big red rubber ball? My new desk chair! The idea came from my doctor who said it would help me build up my core muscles during all of those hours spent at work, but I've got to say, it's doing great things for my head, too! I'm so glad the only color they had was red. It just wouldn't be the same if it was gray. Color and design, really do make a…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 19, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Great Quality Green Space = Kids Get Out and Play

(picture by Jane Sebire for CABE)

Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 6, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Soon We'll Be Flying in Atlanta

Check out Devan. This has got to feel like flying.

It amazes me that there are no skate parks in Atlanta, but that is about to change thanks to the Atlanta BeltLine. Later this year, an amazing new skatepark will open in the Old Fourth Ward. I don't think I'll ever find myself on a skateboard, but I can't wait to watch the kids in this amazing park.…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 4, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Playful Art Along Atlanta's BeltLine

I equate making art with playing (although it can be really hard work), so I was thrilled to visit the new Art on the BeltLine temporary installation along 8 miles of Atlanta's new BeltLine linear park.

I'm so excited about this BeltLine. What an incredible thing for our City.…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 6, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Scarier Than The Evening News

Laura Sargeant Richardson, a principal designer for frog design, Inc. knocked the stuffing out of me with this Howard Chudacoff quote. She was speaking at The Sandbox Summit at M.I.T. , a very exciting symposium on technology, play, creativity and cool…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 21, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments


Watch this video to see why play matters!! 

Aqui esta en Español: 

FANTASTIC blog about playgrounds: Playscapes



Click for the Find a Playground app to put on your phone.

Playworks 2010-2011 PLAYBOOK

Pretty much everything you ever needed to know about play.

And, of course, KaBOOM! Find a playground, plan a Play Day, how to build a playground, and much, much more.

Playgroundology, an emerging social science. 


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Ethan's grandmother gave him a gift of $25. He gave $20 to ATOP so more Atlanta kids will have great places to play. He kept $5 to get something cool for himself. We think Ethan is pretty cool!

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