, English, Book, Illustrated edition: Aldo van Eyck: the playgrounds and the city / edited by, Liane Lefaivre, Ingeborg de Roode ; texts, Rudi Fuchs [et al.]. Aldo Van Eyck: Designing For Children, Playgrounds [Anja Novak, Debbie other equipment in his radical, charming recreation of the city into a space for play. Climbing frames, arches, igloos, tumbling bars, jumping stones, and climbing walls all found their way into unsightly wastelands and boring squares thanks to.

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Contributions for Social and Cultural Psychologyeds V. On top of that, this ravaged urban context was soon to be confronted with the birth peak of the postwar baby boom, whereas almost no space for children was available, neither inside nor outside the house.

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. Van Eyck designed a sandpit bordered by a wide rim.

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. Gap-crossing behavior in a standardized and a nonstandardized jumping stone configuration.

To him, playing equipment was playgroundz integral part of the commission. This was the basic premise of the large-scale construction of new post-war neighborhoods in the fifties such as Buitenveldert and the Westelijke Tuinsteden, resulting in the well known open housing blocks with large amounts of light, air, greenery and monotony. Often a guard was appointed who was responsible for the supervision of the children. Among his first tasks at this department was to design a public playground at the Bertelmanplein in Amsterdam.

Immediately after the Second World War, Dutch cities were in a state of dereliction. His first project was the construction of a small playground speelplaats on avn Bertelmanplein.


The Experience of Modernity. The Perception of the Environment. How do we see how to do things, to thread a needle or drive an automobile? Situating the embodied mind in a landscape of standing affordances for living without chairs: But the architecture of the building itself eyfk a rawer, tougher aesthetic, from a time nearer the austerity of post-war, deep in the chill of the Cold War.

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

Though largely disappeared, defunct and forgotten today, these playgrounds represent one of the most emblematic of architectural interventions in a pivotal time: This approach, which was initiated by the psychologist Gibson in the s and s, an a framework for understanding the environment we live in. Inbetweening in a Postwar World. A study on the gap-crossing affordances of jumping stones.

Children can use a slide as a thing to climb on using the ladder and slide down, vann they can also jump from it after climbing to the top if the slide is not too high. 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. The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.

Van Eyck, on thhe other hand, designed and created playscapes in the neighborhoods of an already existing city, accepting and taking advantage of all the constraints that come with it. The architect, then, designed a park using the simplest, clearest elements that invite its young users to develop the skill of anticipating danger and managing it; he did not seek to protect them through isolation p. As Ciity had already emphasized, a single lpaygrounds can afford different behaviors to an animal.

Aldo van Eyck and the City as Play­ground

Over the last two decades, the playgrounds of van Eyck have been honored and studied by different academic disciplines, including sociology, art, architecture, and psychology e. In Amsterdam, Cornelis van Eesteren, longtime president of the CIAM, was to implement his General Extension Plan Algemeen Uitbreidingsplan — AUP ofone the first modern urban masterplans to be based on extensive statistical forecasts of demographic and transport developments 1.


William Collins Sons and Co. The Selected Essays of James J. We are indebted to Bart Withagen, John van der Kamp, and three reviewers for providing valuable feedback on a previous version of the manuscript. Especially in the case of young children, parents guide their child to, for example, the slide, supports it while she climbs the ladder, and encourages her to slide down.

And, for example, in his climbing arch there are sometimes different distances between the bars Figure 2allowing children with varying climbing capabilities to play on it. Somehow they served as a powerful synthesis, a distillation of some of the most interesting motives that resonated amongst the last avant-gardes in that interesting time span when modernism came under heavy fire, but the general disillusionment of the postmodernist era was nowhere yet in sight.

Most books about architecture or town planning are earnest treatises: Van Eyck developed his play elements primarily for children between 4 and 7 years of age van Lingen and Kollarova, and was really concerned with creating the proper distances between, for example, the bars in his climbing frames—experimenting with his own children, he aimed to determine the spacing Strauven, A rich landscape of affordances.

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