All Blog Posts Tagged 'playable' (15)

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…


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

Looking Back and Looking Beyond

Click on this picture to go to the AJC article.

Tomorrow morning will bring an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Play Atlanta and yours truly. It signals the beginning of a refreshed and recharged agenda…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 27, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Atlanta Will Be Extraordinary

These 21 swings line a Montreal street every year, and they make beautiful music when they move (click on the picture to see the video.) That's the kind of thing that can make a place special. 

Atlanta needs to be special. Not, "Wow, you wouldn't believe all the stuff you can buy here" special, but "Wow, when you're in Atlanta you can just feel the care that goes into everything. It's like…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 1, 2014 at 2:52pm — 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

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

Driving Play Home!

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…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 6, 2011 at 7:30am — 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

Atlanta Named Playful City USA for Fifth Consecutive Year

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has announced “The City of Atlanta is extremely proud to be named ‘Playful City USA’ for the fifth consecutive year. Atlanta will continue to lead the way in offering physical alternatives and recreational activities for improving the lives of our children. Creating…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 5, 2011 at 7:39am — 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

Could Play Be the World's Common Language?

These children from the Acholi Quarter in Uganda spent their afternoon yesterday drawing pictures for the Playable Kids International Design Competition. They are lovely pictures and we are so happy to have them be a part of Playable Kids.

Children all around the world have been excited by the request to draw what play feels like to them and it has me…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 6, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

If Only I Could Read Polish

I was looking to see where most visitors to our Playable 2010 website came from and discovered that a blog from Poland was one of our biggest sources. It's the blog for Pracownia K. Architektura + Dzieci, which I gather is an architecture and design firm there. Other than "architektura" I can't read a word of Polish, but the…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 5, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

5 Year-Old from Istanbul, Turkey Enters Playable Kids International Design Competition

This wonderful drawing about "My Idea of Fun" comes from Ada, a 5 year-old from Istanbul, Turkey. It is an entry into the Playable Kids design competition. The whole point of Playable Kids is to get children to inspire the architects, designers, artists, and others who are competing in the Playable 2010 design competition. The children's competition closes on February 26, 2010. Go to…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 12, 2010 at 9:26pm — No Comments


When you've seen a child's drawing become a real treehouse that serves an entire camp, you understand that we seriously believe that kids are the experts on play.

Get every child you know to enter the PLAYABLE KIDS International Design Competition or before February 26, 2010. Their ideas will become the playgrounds of tomorrow when they serve to inspire the architects, artists,… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 2, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

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