The Child in the City of Play
Play is increasingly seen as critically important to children’s social, physical, and educational development. So how can our urban environments better engage children and encourage them to play more? The Child in the City of Play, a recent symposium at the Museum of Modern Art, brought together architects, designers, psychologists, educators, and playground equipment specialists to explore the intersection of playing, child development, and the modern city. You can stream part one of the discussion here and part two here.
The symposium was part of the current MoMA exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000, which explores modern thinking about the rights, development, and well-being of children through a survey of modernist objects crafted for kids. Visit the interactive exhibition to see a selection of 20th-century toys, games, clothing, furniture, books, nurseries, and schools that reflect the “individual and collective visions for the material world of children, from utopian dreams for the ‘citizens of the future’ to the dark realities of political conflict and exploitation.”
(via the Sidewalk Ballet)