The Dutch Structuralist architect Aldo van Eyck left his mark in Amsterdam – not only in the form of buildings but also, perhaps surprisingly. One of them is Aldo van Eyck, who designed a large number of public playgrounds for the city of Amsterdam. His playgrounds are something. Explore Sara Angelini’s board “aldo van eyck-playgrounds” on Pinterest. | See more ideas about Architecture, Playground design and Street furniture.

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Ever since its introduction, the concept of affordances has proven to be useful to understand the environment and our behavior in it e.

Cultural ReProducers: Ludic Landscapes and Political Parks: Revisiting Aldo Van Eyck in Mexico City

Valsiner New York, NY: However, the perspective on urban space that van Eyck developed through his playgrounds, would lead him to become one of the most fervent critics of the functionalist tendency that dominated the CIAM movement until then. There are two aspects plwygrounds these playgrounds that we would like to emphasize. For example, although van Eyck placed his jumping stones sometimes in an irregular pattern or used stones of different heightshe often used identical stones that he placed in a figure-eight pattern Figure 2.

The rim of the sandpit is used by the children to climb on, to jump over, to run vqn, and also provided a work surface while they are playing with the sand. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. This perspective was initiated in the s and s by paygrounds number of authors e.

Van Eyck also designed the playground equipment himself, including the tumbling bars, chutes and hemispheric jungle gyms, and his children tested them.

Relativity in the sense that connections between elements were determined by their mutual relationships rather than by a central hierarchical ordering principle. And just because in the Buskenblaserstraat there is enough room for tossing and kicking balls around, kids have had to come up with game rules that permit play without their being hit by cars.

Press Esc to cancel. Much like Aldo van Eyck, he was deeply critical of the functionalist architecture of the postwar period. Gibsoneds E. In his famous utopian work of architecture New Babylon Van Eyck actually assisted him when he started making scale modelsConstant created an explicit metaphor for the advent of a creative society.


Human Structures and Architectural Archetypes: Aldo Van Eyck’s Playgrounds (1947 – 1978)

Different elements of the playgrounds represented a break with the past. The Selected Essays of James J.

The first playground on Bertelmanplein was a test case. Blog Viewpoint 06 Apr Courtesy of the Amsterdam City Archive; reprinted with permission. The basic elements — sandpits, tumbling bars, stepping stones, chutes and hemispheric jungle gyms — could endlessly be recombined in differing poly-centric compositions depending on the requirements of the local environment. This seems to suggest that the principles underlying the aesthetic judgments are different playground children were to look at objects as in alvo studies on aesthetics than when they were to play on them.

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.

From But does it float, who adds: In the s and s, the American psychologist James Gibson developed an ecological approach to psychology. Moreover, and as mentioned above, affordances exist by virtue of the relationship between the properties of the environment and the action capabilities of the animal.

All elements were equal: Moreover, many parents use the rim as a thing to sit on while looking after their children. The Aldoo Left came vaan power and the Nieuwmarkt was saved, to become an inspiration for anti-modernization struggles elsewhere in the country.

The latter refers to our everyday description of our environment. The verb to afford is found in the dictionary; but the noun affordances is not. First and foremost, the playgrounds proposed a different conception of space. To evaluate the play sculptures of van Eyck, we adopted an ecological approach. Blog Building of the Week 07 Apr They can be used in different ways, depending on the game you are playing, and with their simple and abstract forms they stimulate children to use their imagination[…].

Van Eyck, on the other playgrojnds, designed and created playscapes in the neighborhoods of an already existing city, accepting and taking advantage of all the constraints that come with it.


Descriptive and evaluative judgment processes: Between andthe architect Aldo van Eyck was involved in designing hundreds of playgrounds in the city plaaygrounds Amsterdam. One might argue that this is not problematic.

Often a guard was appointed who was responsible for the supervision of the children.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Also in the City Orphanage, van Eyck created places for different age groups e. The non-standardized configuration, on the other hand, consisted of nine stones of different diameters and heights that were placed at varying distances from each other. The above affordance perspective can help in elucidating some insights from theorists of art and architecture.

And such an affordance might be an indispensable ingredient of genuine play. Proeve eener bepaling van het spelelement der cultuur. As mentioned earlier, van Eyck created playgrounds in existing parks, squares, and other empty places in the city, taking into account the constraints that were provided by these places. Bart Withagen also introduced us to the playgrounds of Aldo van Eyck a couple of years ago.

However, the goal he had was ambitious. A central tenet of this approach is that the use of objects and their affordances always takes place in and is largely shaped by the sociocultural environment. Besides paying attention to affordances at the scale of the individual e. Van Eyck designed a sandpit bordered by a wide rim.

Aldo van Eyck and the City as Play­ground – MO

Cooperative activity—looking out for cars, shouting, lots of shouting—becomes a matter of keeping safe […]. Blog Berlin 11 Apr First, van Eyck created play elements using mainly metal and concrete.

But again in the absence of any adults hunkering down in one of the small cubes to read-up on play-spaces an unlikely proposition anyway given their size — let alone any kids rushing around and through the structure — the whole installation has a rather aldi aspect.