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Regarding schools and the environment they create for children in today's society and modern urbanscape, Metropolis has an interesting read about a new park that recently opened in Wilsonville, designed by a Dutch landscape architect who is trying to revolutionize children's play areas in the US & UK.

While not directly aimed at 'sustainability,' this seems rather important concerning people's past comments regarding whether urban places such as SOWA and the Pearl are appropriate for children.

Article can be found here:


One of the ideas in the article talks about creating a landscape for kids to play in, rather than standardized plop'n'play litigation-free playsets... one place that does come to mind along these lines is the Jamison Park landscape and water feature in the Pearl. It is simply inundated by kids playing all summer long, and yet there are no blue and red plastic swing sets to be found...


Please correct me if I'm wrong, but it would appear from reading the article that Tim Nash (formerly with Murase) researched and was inspired by Aldo van Eyck. Van Eyck, a Danish architect, did not actually design the park...he in fact passed away in 1999.

If you are not familiar with van Eyck's work, I suggest doing a little research. He has some very interesting ideas and projects, especially in regards to the human side of architecture.


Van Eyck did do a lot of interesting work, but, as his name clearly indicates, he was Dutch, not Danish.


You are right, I misread the article. Guess that's what happens when you skim!

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