The Dutch Structuralist architect Aldo van Eyck left his mark in Amsterdam – not only in the form of buildings but also, perhaps surprisingly. One of them is Aldo van Eyck, who designed a large number of public playgrounds for the city of Amsterdam. His playgrounds are something. Explore Sara Angelini’s board “aldo van eyck-playgrounds” on Pinterest. | See more ideas about Architecture, Playground design and Street furniture.

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Apparently, there is no relationship between how beautiful the child found a configuration and how much she enjoyed playing on it. If the child rediscovers the city, the also will rediscover the child — ourselves. In his famous utopian work of architecture New Babylon Van Eyck actually assisted him when he started making scale modelsConstant created an explicit metaphor for the advent of a creative society.

This intuition was elaborated in the making of the Buskenblaserstraat park. The Science of Play: From But does it float, who adds: The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author s or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice.

The playground was a success. At the time Gibson developed his ecological approach, cognitive psychology was in its ascendancy. This holds true also for conventional play elements like a slide and a see-saw.

Street life and community were stimulated e. In the present paper we have discussed the playgrounds of Aldo van Eyck. Over the last decades, several authors have criticized the standardization of playgrounds.


An exhibition of the work of Aldo van Eyck, Nils Norman and Yto Barrada – uncube

All at once the child is Lord of the City. However, it is argued that the standardization e. Herbert Bayer was a prolific graphic designer and typography designer who also worked as a…. Encouraged by the public works department and the citizens of Amsterdam who explicitly asked for a playground in their neighborhoodvan Eyck ended up designing more than site-specific playgrounds.

Aldo van Eyck and the City as Play­ground

Gap-crossing behavior in va standardized and a nonstandardized jumping stone configuration. Moreover, a couple of benches were placed at the square, allowing parents to look after their playing children e. Van Eyck recognized and implemented a connection vwn an archaic system of forms and the research of avant-garde artists into abstraction and archetypes. These shapes are abstract and reduced while capable to form terrains able to richly support inhabitants activities and never influencing them too rigidly.

As we have seen, these playgrounds not only afforded children to play in the city of Amsterdam after World War II and stimulated community lifethey were also of great architectural significance eeyck. Geschiedenis, voorspel en betekenis van een beweging in de kunst van na de tweede wereldoorlog.

Among these play elements are the above-mentioned sandpit, climbing arch, and tumbling bars that were placed in his first playground. But the architecture of the building itself breathes a rawer, tougher aesthetic, from a time nearer the austerity of post-war, deep in ado chill of the Cold War.

Invan Eyck played host to the first exhibition of the Cobra group — a short-lived but influential avant-garde art movement — in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Indeed, a recent study indicates that the affordances provided by messy structures appear to have a greater appeal to playing children. Inbetweening in a Postwar World. Affordances in a simple playscape: The hyper-architecture of desirePublishers, Rotterdam.


Frontiers | Aldo van Eyck’s Playgrounds: Aesthetics, Affordances, and Creativity | Psychology

The focus on how space could be appropriated, stood in clear opposition to the prevailing modernist conception of space in architecture, most famously formulated by Giedion in his classic Space, Time and Architecture.

Do children create standardized playgrounds? Begin typing your search above and press return to search. Second, and related to this, describing the environment in terms of the affordances of an animal points to the functional significance this environment has for the animal.

Moreover, when the children were asked to rate how much they enjoyed playing on the configurations, they reported that they liked the non-standardized configuration better. The idea that art is an illusion divorced from real life must therefore be abandoned. For example, a child llaygrounds sit on a bench, but can also step on it, and jump from it.

Throughout his career, Van Eyck looked for a way to connect contemporary design to atemporal shapes derived from the observation of people movement and interaction with space in aldk epochs.