The Brumleby Playground in Copenhagen
This is one of the children’s playgrounds entered for the Architizer Awards. They all show a tremendous imagination.
This is part of the adventure playground managed by the Oasis Children’s Venture in Stockwell, South London where I was the first full-time charity co-ordinator from 1979 to 1985, my last job ‘back home’.
Jakarta’s esteemed Governor Jokowi has vowed to make the city “child-friendly”. However, I’m not sure that he’s including children’s playspaces in his vision.
He acknowledged that the dream was not without its challenges.
“It will be challenging but we have to start anyway. It might take at least five years to make Jakarta a child-friendly city,” he said. To support the program, he added, the city administration would add public spaces, create forums for children and host events to stimulate creativity.
More public spaces would certainly be good, and not just for children, but ‘events’ and ‘forums’? How will these exercise a child’s imagination?
Jokowi has given Jakartans a positive feeling, the awareness that things are changing, at last, and generally for the better. One example is that with Deputy Governor Ahok, he is driving the regeneration of kampungs and resettling squatters in low-cost apartments.
This is a view from the window of one such apartment.
But where’s the playground, Jokowi?