Aldo van Eyck and the City as Play­ground

24Apr16

Aldo van Eyck and the idea of filling up the city with playgrounds!

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In 1947, the architect Aldo van Eyck built his first playground in Amsterdam, on the Bertelmanplein. Many hundreds more followed, in a spatial experiment that has (positively) marked the childhood of an entire generation. Though largely disappeared, defunct and forgotten today, these playgrounds represent one of the most emblematic of architectural interventions in a pivotal time: the shift from the top down organization of space by modernist functionalist architects, towards a bottom up architecture that literally aimed to give space to the imagination.

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One Response to “Aldo van Eyck and the City as Play­ground”

  1. Aldo van Eyck: “Whatever Space and Time mean, Place and Occasion mean more.”


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