April 19, 2011 Kerala Taylor

A playground made of... cardboard?

In the midst of all the flashing, talking, beeping, whirring gizmos that the toy industry has created to mesmerize children (and suck the money from their parents' wallets), the simplest objects can still captivate the imagination. Take cardboard disks, for example. They don't look particularly exciting. But cut some slots at the edges and suddenly the possibilities are endless.

Our friend Alex Gilliam at Public Workshop brings us these photos from a test run of this new "toy," which he created with the support of the National Building Museum, Cynthia Field, Cardboard Safari and Domaform. In the National Building Museum's Great Hall, kids and adults alike created elaborate cardboard playgrounds, romping, climbing, hiding, imagining, and collaborating, while honing their skills in design and construction.

Alex is planning on using his new toy to help communities actually explore how their vacant lots, public spaces and under-loved playgrounds might become a little more playful—having children and parents build temporary play spaces with the disks to imagine and build excitement around new possibilities.

Interested? Send him an email.











Photos courtesy of Alex Gilliam. See Alex's guest posts on our blog:

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