Maigret Arquero design Studio
Playgrounds are microcosms of complex land politics and civic aspirations. Simultaneously loci for exuberant imagination and measured control, the location, design and construction of playgrounds are powerful place-making tools.
A DOZEN PLAYGROUNDS speculatively recuperates playgrounds as spaces for children, central to the living fabric of the city of Detroit, Michigan. Through the development of design strategies that balance prototypical desires with site specificity, this project takes a polycentric, interstitial approach towards Detroit’s network of communities and potential play spaces. Building on the tradition of a neighborhood-centric approach to learning and playing, the project recognizes the importance of Detroit’s K-6 schools as sites where the city’s ambitions for education, community, and citizenship share common ground.
“A beautifully visioned series of places for children each with its unique expression and each conceived as a sculptural whole.
-2013 AIA Michigan Honor Awards Jury”
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