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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We demand that it be replaced by the construction of our environment according to creative laws derived from well-defined principles. It made me recall some of the classrooms of my youth: Here, his ideas on interstitial space, non-hierarchical composition, and participative planning led to an architecture that could easily mold into the existing tissue of the neighborhood.

Covered with a rug, it became a hut. 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.

The design of the playgrounds was aimed at interaction with the surrounding urban tissue. There are two aspects of the affordance concept that need to be emphasized here.

Because the Site Preparation Service of the Department of City Development, working together with local associations, wanted to give every neighbourhood its own playground, they often had to be placed in vacant, derelict sites. And such an affordance might be an indispensable ingredient of genuine play. First, affordances exist by virtue of a relationship between the properties of the environment and the action capabilities of the animal.

The second aspect is the modular character of the playgrounds. All elements were equal: This was rather exceptional in the s and s. Upstairs on the ground floor, the British artist Nils Norman shows a new installation, tailored to the gallery space: Many hundreds more followed, in a spatial experiment that has positively marked the childhood of an entire generation.


By doing so, the parents demonstrate the child the function of the play playgrounnds. Aesthetics, Affordances, and Creativity. From But does it float, who adds: For example, we learn about the affordances of objects from and through other eydk.

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Gibsoneds E. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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. Plaugrounds argued against psychologies that do not do justice to lived experience and everyday behavior. This approach aims to understand how animals, including human-beings, regulate their behavior with respect to the affordances of their environments.

Inthe Dutch historian Johan Playgrojnds wrote Homo Ludens 14a book on the historical importance of the element of play in culture; Constant Nieuwenhuys used the idea as the basis for his critique on urbanism.

The Cobra group dissolved only three years after it was founded, but Cobra members Constant Nieuwenhuys and Asger Jorn were to re-appear on the stage as co-founders of the Situationist International in A central tenet of this approach is that the use of objects and their affordances always takes place in and is largely shaped by the sociocultural environment.

Van Eyck consciously designed the equipment in a very minimalist way, to stimulate the imagination of the users the childrenthe idea being that they could appropriate the space by its openness to interpretation. The pit was placed in the north corner of the square, diagonally across from three tumbling bars.


Blog Berlin 11 Apr Moreover, and as mentioned above, affordances exist by virtue of the relationship between the properties of the environment and the action capabilities of the animal.

This playground that although designers might be concerned with the aesthetics of their play elements, the perceived aesthetic is not of overriding importance for the children who play on them. This holds true also for conventional play elements like a slide and eyxk see-saw.

Aiming at fostering social behavior and communication, van Eyck created many little squares and meeting places in his building that afforded and invited children to play together or to meet with the caregivers.

It was designed by Aldo van Eyckand completed inas a commercial gallery for the influential art dealer Alfred Schmelaincorporating his own home too, an apartment which sits at the top ejck the three storey, two basement structure.

Descriptive and evaluative judgment processes: The basic elements — sandpits, tumbling bars, stepping stones, chutes and hemispheric jungle gyms — could endlessly be recombined in differing poly-centric compositions depending on the requirements of the local environment.

The Growth of a New Tradition. As Gibson started his landmark book The ecological approach to playgrounsd perception.

Human Structures and Architectural Archetypes: Aldo Van Eyck’s Playgrounds ( – ) – SOCKS

The Also of the Riches. Inthe architect Aldo van Eyck built his first playground in Amsterdam, on the Bertelmanplein. The Dutch planners, however, never got that far.

The Perception of the Environment. NAi Publishers7.