‘It Would Be Great If We Had This (Youth-Built Adventure Playgrounds) All Over Philly’.

Posted on November 30th, 2012 at 3:11 pm by in Our Work

‘It Would Be Great If We Had This (Youth-Built Adventure Playgrounds) All Over Philly’.

Two weeks.
One great organizational partner.
Seventy teens and young designers from five universities and seven high schools.
Hundreds of kids and their families.
A few power tools and $2000 worth of materials.
One awesome pop-up adventure playground at the very center of Downtown Philadelphia that begins to redefine our conceptions of risk, play, and the role that young adults play in the design of our city.


It’s going to be a few months before we really have the time to deeply share our experiences and insights from our Tiny WPA pop-up adventure playground that we design-built in early October at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Garden. Suffice it to say, without a hint of hyperbole, it was awesome, we are truly excited by the response (to Tiny WPA and the playground), and we couldn’t be more excited about what this means for the future of play, public space, education, and youth in Philadelphia……and elsewhere.

‘Want to see more pictures from the project? Visit our Facebook page.

In the meantime, we would like to thank everyone who made this such a success–through money, time, sweat, or cheerleading.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Design Philadelphia
Science Leadership Academy
El Centro
Next American City
Hidden City
The Village For Arts And Humanities
Students from the Industrial Design Department at the University of the Arts, Drexel, Penn, Rutgers, and Philadelphia University

And special thanks to our core team of Mike Darfler, Jeb Lewis, Thuy Tran, Tyler Scholl, Ila Kumar, Renee Schacht, and Matt VanKouwenberg. AND our Interns, Christian Stefan, Alice Gunn, Santini Basra, and Ken Mascaro. We simply couldn’t have done it without you guys. You were incredible.