The Science of Play

Head to the Center for Architecture on the evening of January 6, 2015, from 6-8pm for a presentation, panel discussion, and booksigning celebrating The Science of Play. Explore the role of design in constructing urban environments for play and creating quality spaces for children and communities. Building on the Community Design Collaborative's work within schoolyards, parks, and open spaces, help us discover how designers, educators, and parents can join forces to create enriching play spaces, build strong communities, and allow children to thrive and grow in the urban environment.

Susan G. Solomon + The Science of Play

Author Susan G. Solomon will give a short presentation on her new book, The Science of Play: How to Build Playgrounds that Enhance Children's Development which demonstrates how to alter the status quo by allying data with design of American playgrounds. Recent information from the behavioral sciences indicates that kids need to take risks; experience failure but also have a chance to succeed and master difficult tasks; learn to plan and solve problems; exercise self-control; and develop friendships. Solomon illustrates how architects and landscape architects (most of whom work in Europe and Japan) have already addressed these needs with strong, successful playground designs. Having become vibrant hubs within their neighborhoods, these play sites are models for anyone designing or commissioning an urban area for children and their families.

A Noteworthy Panel on Play

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion involving prominent local thinkers in the field; Sharon Easterling, director of Delaware Valley Association for Education of Young Children; Alex Gilliam, director of Public Workshop; Susan G. Solomon, curatorial resources, research, author; and Meg Wise, executive director of Smith Playground. The panel will be moderated by Paul Vernon, Principal, KSK Architects.

Purchase Tickets

Tickets are $10/person (or $5/collaborative community champions) and are available for purchase here.

Note: This event is being held in conjunction with the Center for Architecture's free, annual Constructing Play Exhibition (on view now through January 29, 2015).


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