The possibilities of making urban culture more fun and energetic is an important task that needs to be well-conceived in order to take affect on the community. The project presented by Bruno Taylor is a good example of improving urban space with the introduction of play for adults.This project is a study into different ways of bringing play back into public space. It focuses on ways of incorporating incidental play in the public realm by not so much as having separate play equipment that dictates the users but by using existing furniture and architectural elements that indicate playful behavior for all. It asks us to question the current framework for public space and whether it is sufficient, while also giving permission for young people to play in public. What has started as a University Architecture assignment in 2007, in Austin, Texas, has grown internationally. All around the world, more than 100 red swings are hung in public spaces and just wait for anyone to sit and to create a personal moment. Another project that’s also interesting is the bouncing bench with an elegant look that does pop out in the street as a play toy, but is integrated with the urban environment.
Small interventions like these make urban living more interesting and better because playing should be reachable to adults as well as children.
Video making the swing in a public space http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDqbb0eHVXA&feature=player_embedded
Limerick student: Božidar Milošević