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Join us for Play Space! Explore the unexpected ways that innovative play space helps both children and communities grow. Together, we can design a more playful Philadelphia.
Play Space Design Awards

Play Space is a partnership between the Community Design Collaborative and the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) to explore the design of innovative urban play spaces and how they can improve the quality of child care and early childhood education.

Play Space is engaging designers, educators, child care providers, and others for 24+ months in the conversation about play space and its impact. We’ll be sharing what we’ve learned via exhibitions, panels, and exhibitions this summer and fall. Check out what we’re up to below!

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Op-Ed: Rethinking play space for children in Philadelphia
"We believe public space that encourages children to play is a vital contributor to creative, capable children and safer, healthier communities," stated executive directors Beth...
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Play Space Exhibit at AIA Convention [past]
May 19th, 2016
Philadelphia Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia
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Play Space Design Awards show where "design comes into play"
  On Wednesday, March 16, an enthusiastic crowd gathered to see the nine finalists of the Play Space Design Competition. Each finalist team—chosen from among 40 inspiring...
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Play Space Design Competition Finalists Announced
In September we released a global call for entries to our Play Space Design Competition after identifying three locations to serve as inspiration—a school, a library, and a...
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Play Space competition site selection
Over fifty teams from 11 states and 7 countries outside the U.S. have registered for the Play Space Design Competition. Each team chose one of three public sites—a recreation...
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The art of play
Psychologist and folklorist Anna Beresin asks: How can we make play more artful? Her fun, informal January 13th workshop will feature drawing exercises to explore what designers...
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Risk and challenge - vital ingredients of a 21st century playground
“Children’s appetite for exploration, stimulation and everyday adventure remains as strong as ever,” says Tim Gill, an independent researcher, writer and consultant. Tim also...
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Children Need Nature
Gail Farmer is Director of Education at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. She shares her vivid childhood memories of "The Hill" and tells us why nature play fires...
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Playing to Learn
"Nothing beats watching a child experience the joy and wonder of play," says Dr. Brenna Hassinger-Das. She studies the links between play and learning every day as a postdoctoral...
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Child's Play Design Charrette
In a mere five hours, the Child's Play Design Charrette laid the groundwork to help family child care providers tap into grants from A Running Start Philadelphia: Facility Fund...
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