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PLAYGROUND PARTNER HAS BEEN OVERLOOKED

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LETTERS

I was delighted to see Lynn Kinnear's article 'Landscapes of Play' (AJ Specification 02.07) about the experimental playground at Daubeney School. But I was surprised that she didn't mention us, Snug & Outdoor, the designer and artist of the project.

Snug & Outdoor was commissioned by the Hackney Wick Public Art Programme to devise and deliver the highly innovative experimental playground project, which led to the brief for the permanent playground design. We were responsible for the experimental playground project that transformed the large bleak space into an animated exible environment. Kinnear Landscape Architects was then invited to collaborate with Snug & Outdoor to develop the ideas and designs for a permanent experimental playground.

Daubeney School was our first experimental playground project and since then Snug & Outdoor has gone on to develop this way of working in all sorts of public spaces with both children and adults. For the last two years we have been funded by NESTA, the Arts Council and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, to develop a kit of large-scale modular objects that has the potential to transform school grounds throughout the UK into exible playscapes.

At Snug & Outdoor we have fond memories of working with Lynn. How sad that she seems to have forgotten us entirely.

Hattie Coppard, director, Snug & Outdoor

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