Sunday, March 21, 2010

Before and After

Aldo van Eyck was a Dutch architect who put children's needs at the centre of his urban renewal projects. Between 1947 and 1974 he designed over 730 playgrounds while working in Amsterdam, taking cues from humanist ideals and cultural tradition.

The photos above are from van Eyck's The Playgrounds and the City. The book was a catalogue for an exhibition celebrating his work called Design for Children held at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 2002. On March 16th van Eyck would have turned 92 years old.

Thanks to the playground design blog Playscapes where I first spotted the images.

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