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Hellman files #169

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A trawl through Hellman’s archives, in which we uncover gems that are as relevant now as they were then

Assemble’s RIBA installation of foam versions of old estate’s ‘Brutalist playgrounds’ highlights how architectdesigned play structures were as lethal as traditional swings, slides and roundabouts.

The reaction to official handed-down notions of what children liked was the idea of the adventure playground, pioneered in Denmark and developed in London as early as the 1940s.

The concept of creative play using junk, ropes or timber evoked the post-war bomb sites where children were free to use materials in an imaginative (and thrillingly illicit) way. This is a version of an AJ cartoon from 1969. 

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