From David Rockwell’s “Unpacking Imagination,” here’s a proposal for an inexpensive, portable playground kit that lets kids build their own playland:
This design comes from Rockwell’s architecture firm, as he describes:
Although traditional playgrounds can easily cost in the millions to build, boxed imagination playgrounds can be put together for under $10,000. (Land costs not included!) The design below is one that my architecture firm has done in collaboration with the New York City Parks Department and KaBoom, a nonprofit organization. But it needn’t be the only one out there. There are a lot of ways to build a playground— and a lot of communities in need of one. Let a thousand portable playgrounds bloom.
Just another example of how a little bit of structure— not too much— can enable lots of imaginative play.