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.
I was delighted to discover recently that PlayWorld, one of the major playground manufacturers in the United States, has not only resurrected the PlayCubes concept, but worked with the legendary architect to update them for a new day. I have yet to see them live and in color and crawling with children, but I have a sneaky suspicion that they will be a big hit...again.
If you are interested in play design I highly recommend Richard Dattner's Design for Play. My worn copy of the 1969 classic is rarely far from reach. And, because this is the 21st century you can now download a copy of the book from the great website PlayScapes for only $8.
Here's a video from PlayWorld of the new PlayCubes under full attack. Richard Dattner is also in it. I love seeing the respect for the architect's original concept emanating from the new generation of play designers. I see it as further evidence of a much needed play design renaissance being born!