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The Dutch Structuralist architect Aldo van Eyck left his mark in Amsterdam – not only in the form of buildings but also, perhaps surprisingly. One of them is Aldo van Eyck, who designed a large number of public playgrounds for the city of Amsterdam. His playgrounds are something. Explore Sara Angelini’s board “aldo van eyck-playgrounds” on Pinterest. | See more ideas about Architecture, Playground design and Street furniture.

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It was a place to talk and a lookout post. Her films of Tangier juxtapose images of children playing in a semi-derelict playground with the booming new developments happening in the city. How to feel at home in the modern city, this machine of mass rationalization? Also in the context of architecture the concept of affordances has proved its mettle, both in the analysis of the built environment and in the design of it.

Foregrounding sociomaterial practice in our understanding of affordances: The first playground on Bertelmanplein was a test case.

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Learn how your comment data is processed. Syck since its introduction, the concept of affordances has proven to be useful to understand the environment and our behavior in it e. De Stijl 12, 89— Out of the organizing group of the Otterlo conference emerged a new platform: A rich landscape of affordances.


To consider the city is to encounter ourselves. Interestingly, and contrary to the above-mentioned studies on aesthetics, Sporrel et al.

Aldo van Eyck and the City as Play­ground – MO

Over the last decades, these playgrounds have been studied by sociologists, theorists of art and architecture, and psychologists. As mentioned earlier, van Eyck created playgrounds in existing parks, squares, and other empty places in the city, taking into account the constraints that were provided by these places. Children can use a slide as a thing to climb on using the ladder and slide down, but they can also jump from it after climbing to the top if the slide is not too high.

Street life and community were stimulated e.

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In fact, messy structures with a fair amount of variation in heights and distances afford children to cross over different gaps.

This holds true also for conventional play elements alvo a slide and a see-saw. He too created elementary forms that are generally organized around principles of geometry. In the Athens Charterle Corbusier opted for a massive rebuilding of cities in which the functions of labor, living, and leisure are spatially segregated, and street life was reduced to traffic flows e. Courtesy of the Amsterdam City Archive; reprinted with permission.

What is even more interesting, though, is that Sporrel et al. Especially in the case of young children, parents guide their child to, for example, the slide, supports it while she climbs the ladder, and encourages her to slide down. Blog Berlin 11 Apr Changing Perspectives on Landscape Perception: In that context, also the notion of play gained symbolic importance. Among these play elements are the above-mentioned sandpit, climbing arch, and tumbling bars that were placed in his first playground.



I have made it up p. Of the grand total ofonly 90 survived into the 21st century with their original layout. This psychology started from the physicalist assumption that the environment is meaningless, consisting solely of matter in motion.

Buber then goes on to state — and this is his crucial point — that the real third is not something that happens aaldo one person or another person separately and a neutral world containing all things, but something that happens in a dimension only accessible to both. As van Lingen and Kollarova put it. Bart Withagen also introduced us to the playgrounds of Aldo van Eyck a couple of years ago. The architect, then, designed a park using the simplest, clearest elements that invite its young users to develop the skill of anticipating danger and managing it; he did not seek playgounds protect them through isolation p.