The Adventure Playground: Architectures of Contemporary Play

An image of children playing on a tree in front of a building of flats, with the text 'The Adventure Playgrounds: The Architectures of Contemporary Play' written in black font overlaid onto the image

The Adventure Playground: Architectures of Contemporary Play is a series of exploratory talks and propositions that investigates processes of play and imagination and their role in built environments and the designed spaces of playgrounds in Britain. It brings forward the architectural and political history of playgrounds as dedicated spaces for children across contemporary cities and centres on the idea of ‘creating worlds’.

Through conversations between architects, researchers and curators, this four-part series will survey how playgrounds are used as spaces of rediscovery, reconciliation and recuperation and how contemporary architects, artists and communities returning to the idea of play spaces with a new pioneering spirit, creating environments far beyond the prevailing standards and regulations.

The playground here becomes a breeding ground for the invention of worlds that touches on themes of childhood, radical pedagogy, urban planning, public space, history, and architecture– to be able to trace the history of the imaginary as well as imagined worlds.

The Adventure Playground seeks to ask: how has the concept of play and playscapes created a resurgence of interest among contemporary designers and architects? What ideas did they bring forward in relation to remaking and reimagining the world? How can playgrounds be spaces of learning through creativity, rather than teaching creativity, and how can they subsequently empower new social relations between young people, architectures of play, and pedagogy?

Programme of events:

Sol Pérez Martínez on Colin Ward's Utopia and Built Environments

Fri 1 July, 6.30-8pm

Keynote: Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley

Sat 16 July 6-7.30pm

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Aberrant Architecture on A Playful Attitude

Fri 22 July, 6.30-8pm

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Gabriela Burkhalter on The Playground Project

Wed 27 July, 6.30-8pm

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