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The playground on W 67th St. in Central Park, N.Y. Are playgrounds meeting the developmental needs of children?


Are playgrounds meeting the developmental needs of children, or are they increasingly recreationally irrelevant? A forum hosted by the Municipal Art Society and Urban Center Books titled "American Playgrounds: Revitalizing Community Space" will be held January 31, 2006 in New York City to discuss such issues.

The event, sponsored in part by Kompan A/S, a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of playground equipment based in Denmark, will bring together an international panel of designers and play experts, including Helle Burlingame, director of Kompan's North American Play Institute. Burlingame expects the forum to generate ideas for better use of public space and bettering the lives of urban children.

Author Susan Solomon will propose a vision for the future of recreational spaces while highlighting several modern examples constructed during the past decade by a select group of architects, landscape architects and sculptors.

This discussion will be moderated by Liane Lefaivre from the University of Applied Art in Vienna.

For event info contact Jeff Larue at (212) 583-0745.


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