"A creative playground is only half a creative space; it’s also a creative attitude. And we’re changing attitudes as much as we’re changing spaces."
-Jay Beckwith, 1973
Playgrounds should be designed like public spaces: accessible and interesting to all ages and abilities, sensitive to local conditions, and designed for diverse use.
There is no universal solution to designing a space for play. Every project is situated in a specific context, complete with unique needs, goals, and users. We look beyond the immediate purpose and seek to create places that not only inspire movement but have meaning and add value to the community it becomes apart of--as art, sanctuary, or public space.
Design & Build TEAM
We believe that the architect and the builder should be working together every step of the design process: from conception through construction completion. The Movement Creative has a dedicated design-build team that regularly develops and tests out new designs, configurations, and details for old problems and new.
The Movement Creative subscribes to the STURDYmade* approach. As practitioners of Parkour, we frequently see the infrastructure used for play (both intended and otherwise) undergoing substantial abuse, and not always in ways anticipated. Children and adults alike will find the most unusual ways to make use of the simplest of equipment. In order to create a space that is safe for this type of boundless exploration, every detail must be carefully designed to withstand a wide range of forces.
There are four major approaches we take to help cultivate meaningful, positive change in the current city culture, through services and design.
- Building awareness of parkour and alternative methods of play. Bringing Pop-up to public/free events and parks around the 5 boroughs, focusing especially on interactions with teenagers and adults as under-served populations.
- Providing quality movement education. Teaching students young and old how to see and interact with their city in a safe, positive, and fresh way.
- Increasing access to movement education and spaces for play for all ages through temporary installations, sculptural art, festival activity, and the construction of new playgrounds, as well as free classes in public spaces.
- Encouraging public advocacy for changes in policy. Pushing for playgrounds to be built in consideration of age groups outside of children, in overlooked neighborhoods, and in collaboration between the government, the police, and the community affected.