Step aside dancing fountains and community gardens, it’s the age of the urban swing set. I’m not talking about playgrounds. These are swings designed for adults, enticing the tushes of office workers, college students, and tourists—city dwellers young and old who all want to take a turn kicking their legs up into the…
It's generally assumed that once you become a parent you'll do anything for your kids—anything. And apparently that now includes swallowing your self-esteem and pride, strapping on this rope vest, and letting your children climb all over you like a human jungle gym.
An afternoon spent playing on a smartphone or tablet isn't exactly the most healthiest way for a kid to spend their free time—but at this point mobile devices are a part of life and aren't going away. So a few enterprising folks came up with a clever over-sized clip called the Hybrid Play, that attaches to moving…
"Playground." The word evokes visions of brightly colored jungle gyms and swing-sets, fenced-off or otherwise protected from dangers of the surrounding real world. But before these kinds of site-specific joy zones, kids kept busy: Playing. On the ground. " Reinventing the Square" is an exhibition that looks at the…
Parking garages may be a necessity for any dense urban center, but that doesn't mean they have to be a necessary eyesore. And if Danish firm JAJA Architects has its way, they could even be serving a dual-purpose soon—by doubling as our leafy, local playgrounds.
This is sad. Security camera footage shows a children's playground in Tupelo, Mississippi being destroyed by a tornado. It's not like the playground is some sort of impenetrable fortress but the winds of the twister monster pretty much levels it in minutes.
Visitors to Volkswagen's Autostadt, the museum adjacent to its Wolfsburg factory in Germany, will now find themselves confronted with these grey, blobby forms in the lobby. Is it a sculpture? An ode to Fahrvergnügen? Nope, it's a playground. For kids.
As far as dangerous playthings go, trampolines rank right up there with lawn darts and three-wheel ATVs. But for whatever reason they've managed to avoid banishment, at least until this questionable modular trampoline system starts spraining ankles and snapping wrists.
It's easy to understand why the town of Järfälla, Sweden, chose Tham & Videgård's Double-Helix Tower as the winning design in a competition held to select an observation deck from which to watch the progress of on the Barkarbystaden urban development project, just west of Stockholm.
Dammit. For a while it seemed like the swingset, one of life's simplest pleasures, would never get caught up in all the high-techery that dominates our lives. But that was just a pipe dream, as the Octavia promises to turn swinging into an interactive sound adventure. Ugh.
We completely disagree with the notion that one day everybody has to grow up. We will never get tired of enjoying playground equipment, and quite frankly, are a little sad that this transforming seesaw bench was only designed with tiny tots in mind.
Whenever the urge to swing strikes—whether your're in an industrial-looking warehouse, a busy construction site, or a crowded sidewalk—as long as you can find something overhead that's sturdy enough to support your weight, you can string up this simple portable swing seat.
Besides providing a safe place for kids to tire themselves out so they sleep through the night, playgrounds are one of the best places for young ones to foster their imaginations. And Denmark-based Monstrum builds playgrounds that are veritable wonderlands for make-believe.
Like any piece of machinery, wind turbines eventually wear out and need to be replaced. And in Europe, instead of just salvaging them for scrap when dismantled, they often find better uses like turning them into playground equipment.
My front tooth is fake. It's a remnant of when I was a kid, and smacked into the jungle gym. That would never happen today, because kids' playgrounds are so much safer. As it turns out, that's a bad thing.
During the height of the cold war in the early 80's you could find me on the playground of my elementary school, climbing on a rocketship similar to the 23 captured by photographer Lauren Orchowski.
These Mobius Climbers are super-sweet playground equipment inspired by Mobius strips, bending and curving all over the place with grips and bars for climbing. It's the type of thing I would have killed to play on as a kid but would be forbidden to by my reasonable parents, who would see these things for what they are:…