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The Evolution of Playgrounds

Designed playgrounds are a modern concept. Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art has very recently opened The Playground Project tracing the history, influences, ups and downs, and fads of playground design. The evolution of playgrounds continues and now even incorporates digital technologies.

The Work Behind Child’s Play — Carnegie Museum’s “Playground Project” Traces an Evolution [New York Times]:

“A playground is a place where you explore things,” said Daniel Baumann, one of the survey’s three curators, … “And that’s also what a museum should be.”

Baumann’s statement reminds me of what I wrote on the concept of using the amusement park funhouse for museum exhibit design.

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