Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel made a press announcement today about the 77 new playgrounds going in this spring– I’ve been working like crazy on the designs for about half of them. In tandem with the mayoral announcement, here’s some recent inspiration for creative and playful urban spaces. Indian Boundary Nature Play Center (# 5), was an amazing first project to work on with the Park District last summer. It’s Chicago’s prototype for more adventurous parks.
1/ Timber Swing (Unbuilt), Ireland 2/ The Longest Bench, Sussex, UK 3/ Playground Crochet, Sapporo, Japan 4/ Appearing Rooms, Southbank Centre, UK 5/ Indian Boundary Nature Play Center, Chicago, IL 6/ Grosse Tete, Grigny, France 7/ Walker on the Green Minigolf, Minneapolis, MN 8/ Birds’ Nests, Vail, CO 9/ Slide Mantras, Sapporo, Japan