An Architecture of Play: A Survey of London's Adventure Playgrounds
An excellent and important multipart photographic essay exploring the history and development of adventure playgrounds in London. Adventure playgrounds exist in many forms (nature playgrounds, junk playgrounds, etc.), but always as a sort of magical, free-ranging escape from the more banal contemporary, properly 'designed' playgrounds.
From the humble origins of adventure play structures in a bleak post World War II Europe to the present day, Norman and other contributors highlight the myriad benefits adventure play can have on the child's spirit, and emphasize their very natural need for unstructured exploration.
Soft cover with both color and black and white photographs throughout.
Edition: 2003, out of print.
Measures ~6.5"x9". 64 pages.