Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Making something out of nothing

#4. Reclaim Vacant Lot with What City's Got

Saw this on PSFK, it's one of the projects from an exhibit by the Canadian Centre for Architecture,  Actions: What you can with the City 99 actions that instigate positive change in contemporary cities around the world. 

As someone who grew up in Brooklyn, I never associated playgrounds with fancy trees and grass. Playing was always a makeshift activity, done on concrete terrains. As long as there was somewhere to run and somewhere to climb, your imagination did the rest. Playgrounds weren't idyllic settings with perfected painted swing sets, but they were there and they were ours. That's why there's something so uplifting for me, about transforming unused spaces, and repurposing materials, just to create new places to play make-believe.

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