The Playground Project

A very special exhibition is taking place in Kunsthalle Zürich until 15th of May 2016. It is the Playground Project with a focus on playground design, history and connection to its surroundings: the city and the society, edited by Gabriella Burkhalter.

My visit with my daughter was totally worth it!


Playgrounds are as old as the urban landscape. From the end of the 19th/beginning of 20th century, it was an invention meant to cover a basic need: playing within a dangerous urban environment. Since after all children ≡ imagination, playgrounds were the perfect canvas for urban designers in the 20th century. However, over-regulations regarding safety (real and legal) in the last few decades discouraged potential landscape artists and playgrounds become boring.


The exhibition IS a playground. It wants to revive the creativity in playground design. Children play and parents learn the history and social background of the playground.

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If your child is above 5, I would recommend to visit the family workshop – build your own playground!



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