Visit from Russia

A special statement from a guest

TOPOS - A Gathering Place for Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

The Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma opened its gates on September 8 – the German playground equipment manufacturer Richter from Frasdorf, Bavaria is making an impact throughout this 27-hectare park located along the banks of the Arkansas River in the form of 350 pieces of playground equipment.

Castle Tower School Ballymena - Northern Ireland

Castle Tower School provides a teaching and learning environment for over 325 pupils with special educational needs.

TOPOS - Smale Riverfront Park, Cincinnati, USA

The playground in Cincinnati's Smale River Park has individually designed play equipment like these slides, which allow users to sit next to each other, and a winged steel pig that is fun to  climb on.

World Landscape Architect

Civitas and W Architecture & Landscape Architecture wins Chicago Athenaeum/European Centre International Architecture Award

» Read more


Young people and exercise – an urban play world in Maggie Daley Park in Chicago
In the very heart of Chicago, overlooked bythe downtown skyscrapers, a generously proportioned recreational facility has beencreated on a 20-acre site named Maggie Daley Park. Since its completion in late 2014, the park has become a distinctive feature of the city and has proved to be a magnet for families with children of all ages and young people. The entrance to the park is itself remarkable: a pedestrian bridge designed by Frank Gehry spans the freeway between Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park. The various climbing walls and the extensive ice skating ribbon are clearly visible from afar.
Maggie Daley Park in Chicago, located as it is at the hub of a vibrant metropolis, is a particularly exemplary realisation of the form a play oasis for children of all ages can assume that is not only attractive but that can also contribute to their psychological development.

Chicago Tribune

Architect brings fresh spin to Maggie Daley Park
Pastoral, playful at work in Van Valkenburgh´s new design by Blair Kamin

HELLO! International Magazine of the Year

PRINCE HARRY - Getting into the swing


The Kletterwald climbing park on the Innpromenade in Passau
The Innpromenade in Passau is one of the town’s most popular meeting points for young and old alike: Families stroll alongside the Inn river; they sit with friends on the grassy areas and benches that adorn the riverside, chatting,watching the swans, or visiting one of the largest public playgrounds in the old town with the children. In particular, the old tree-lined spot that runs along Gottfried-Schäfer-Strasse offers enough space for specific activities. It is here, centrally located for the old town, that a children’s playground replete with play ship and generously-sized sand play area for the littleones and thematically situated on the riverside, has been created.

Round Table Report

Balancing Creativity and Concern in Playground Design

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Brooklyn Bridge Park receives prestigious national planning award


SPIELEN - wie bei uns  von Dr. Anke Münster
Überbehütet war gestern. Heute fängt man an, Kindern in Amerika mehr Erlebnisse beim Spielen zu zutrauen.


Why is space for play so important? by Dr. Chloé Zirnstein
It is while
that individuals feel free of restrictions; during play, they have much more
liberty to act spontaneously.


After Madrid Rio now Governor´s Island. West 8 from Rotterdam plan with Richter Spielgeräte.
“Governors Island is the centerpiece of our efforts to revitalize New York City’s waterfront,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “In 2010, we promised that our administration would make Governors Island a destination that New Yorkers and visitors would be able to enjoy for generations. Today’s park groundbreaking takes us one step closer that goal.”

Opening late autumn 2013. Preview of project Governor's Island Renovation Rendering - YouTube

CBC Radio-Canada

Are playgrounds too safe?
In recent years, there's been a great deal of concern about playground safety. But Harry Harbottle of the German playground manufacturer Richter Spielgerate argues that an excess of concern about minor injuries means many playgrounds are being dumbed down to the point where they no longer offer a challenge to children. And he points out that research shows not allowing children to take risks may have serious consequences for their physical and  mental health.


Sich spielerisch bewegen und dabei Muskeln und Gleichgewichtssinn trainieren


Darling Quarter, Sydney  5/2012


Playground meets design.
Playground@Landscape was talking to the Falk Dorband and Klaus Hermann Thiele,
two designers of playground equipment. 2/2012

Primary Times Cornwall, GB

"Reader Star Award 2011": Overall Winner and Indoor Play Centre Winner

Landscape Architecture

"For Children Only" by Clare Cooper Marcus, December 2001

Tageblatt Luxemburg

“Ein Schiffswrack in der Hauptstadt – Neuer Abenteuerspielplatz im Stadtpark” von Jean-Marie Backes, 4./5. Mai 2005

The New York Times

„Brooklyn Bridge Park as Lure for a New Condo“ by Alec Appelbaum, March 12, 2010


“Madrid Rio – Landscape architecture as a political means” by Christian Dobrick, Ausgabe 73/2010

The New York Times

“The Madrid Waterfront: Who knew?” by Andrew Ferren, July 8, 2011

El País

“Verano en Madrid Rio“, 22. Juli 2011

Book Madrid Río

Un Proyecto de Transformación Urbana, Turner, 2011

Book The Making of The Alnwick Garden

„A state-of the-art Playground“, Pavilion, 2006

Book Play England, Design for Play:

"A guide to creating successful play spaces", Aileen Shackell, Nicola Butler, Phil Doyle and David Ball, 2008


“Zu Lande und am Wasser – Zwei Kilometer individuelle Gestaltung“, Ausgabe 2/2011


“Madrid Salon de Pinos“, Ausgabe 2/2010

Newspaper articles - Diana Garden fantastic

Pirate ship sails in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales