Aldo van Eyck and the Amsterdam playgrounds
Vincent Ligtelijn

Aldo van Eyck design experiences engendered the development of broader architectural concepts, many of which he further developed in his writings. Aldo van Eyck used various forums to attack an impoverished functionalism that was devoid of qualities such as ambiguity and reversibility. In the history of architecture, it is rare for architects to reflect on their own work, but design and research, writing and building were intrinsic to Aldo van Eyck. He kept on looking for a formal vocabulary to bring the multiple and the general into order and harmony through his architectural assignments. When he set to work at the Amsterdam public works department the opportunity to regenerate the vacant urban spaces in the city arose through the design of an intricate network of playgrounds. This essay will focus on the architectural qualities of these playgrounds.

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Architectural education, Reuse, Bauhaus, Playground architecture, Aldo van Eyck, Public space.

Issue 61
Year 2019
Pages 30-41

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