Children's Design

Children's design is not synonymous with theme design. This genre attempts to create whimsical, fun places that encourage play. Examples include playgrounds, gyms, retail stores, and institutions such as schools and hospitals. Creating playful experiences for kids can be challenging in the face of real world logistics, but the designers and projects featured here have all managed to create places that are ingeniously functional while still fostering a sense of playfulness and wonder.

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The Top Five Science Museums For Kids

Posted on May 16, 2013

From an adult perspective, museums can seem like stale, staid places that encourage observation more than they do interaction. But that’s not necessarily the case. While it’s true that there ...

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Adventure Playground: Putting the “Play” back in Playground

Posted on April 3, 2013

We’re always on the lookout for innovative children’s playgrounds, but Adventure Playground in Berkeley, California is truly unlike any we’ve seen before. Imagine a place where children are encouraged to ...

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Harnessing the Power of Play at the Boston Children’s Museum

Posted on March 23, 2013

Who doesn't love the chance to play? Play is a key component of childhood. It allows children to develop their independence, critical thinking, problem solving and social skills. It ...

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Parque Gulliver: Have a “Giant” Great Time at This Unique Spanish Playground

Posted on March 21, 2013

One of the most iconic images in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels occurs immediately after the hero has landed in the country of Lilliput. The Lilliputians, frightened by his giant size ...

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The Lullaby Factory: Manufacturing Soothing Melodies at Great Ormonde Street Hospital

Posted on February 22, 2013

Great Ormonde Street Hospital has a new installation which creates both a soothing and welcoming experience for children who are recovering from illnesses. The London-based hospital recently teamed up ...

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Giraffe Childcare Centre: A True Urban Jungle

Posted on February 14, 2013

Expect to see the unexpected if you ever travel down the C1 block of the Seguin Rives de Seine district in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris. An oversized, brightly colored giraffe appears on ...

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Swedish Free School: Classroom Without Walls

Posted on November 7, 2012

Architectural firm Rosan Bosch was commissioned by the Swedish Free School Organization to develop a unique learning environment for a new school in Stockholm, Sweden. The end result is a ...

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Artist Vito Acconci Designs Award Winning Playground

Posted on October 29, 2012

Famous artist, designer and architect Vito Acconci has designed a cutting edge playground structure for the Miami Design District. The beautiful structure draws its inspiration from mathematical models, with a ...

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Traveling Exhibit

Posted on September 25, 2012

Few stories have captured the hearts and minds of children as deeply as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The story by L. Frank Baum, published in 1900, went on to ...

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Blaxland Riverside Park: Sydney’s Coolest Play Space for Kids

Posted on September 10, 2012

Creating play spaces for children is one of the funnest projects that a designer can tackle. Thinking outside the box and letting one’s inner child run wild during the design ...

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