Kids growing up in the mountains where I live love to tie young trees’ trunks into knots. As you drive along the roads, you often see older trees with trunks twisted long ago by young hands. Plantware has taken this concept even further in designing a living playground for children by manipulating roots and trunks.
Plantware has made benches, love seats, street lights, gates, etc. from living trees. “Kinder Forest: A Living Playground” takes the idea even further:
KinderForest gives children real trees to play with, gives parents a natural alternative for their children and gives earth urban reforestation that is functional, enjoyable and green. Creating structures from living trees means that ~95% of the playground’s mass is taken from the air using local sunlight and rain. No gasoline-burning chainsaws, trucks, ships or waste. Such structures can live for 700 years and are self repairing, earthquake safe, oxygen producing and provide a habitat for wildlife coinciding with their purpose for humans.
I don’t know how long it would take for such a playground to be developed, but as a parent, I would love to take my children to a living playground. Imagine the dramatic play that would develop as children explore the shaped trees. Perhaps I will experiment in my own yard in hopes my grandchildren will have a living playground, but isn’t nature already a living playground for young naturalists?
I love this idea, but what’s with the fake photo? This is valuless. Gutter!
Jennifer Lance says
The fake photo is because it has not been completed yet. It takes a long time for trees to grow:)
Amy Jussel says
Cool idea, it’ll depend on the execution for how they pull it off, since it really could be ‘jumpstarted’ as a prototype, (e.g. designing around existing groves, etc.)
I love the concept tho as it reminds me of ‘playing house’ inside of hollowed out redwoods and such, and kids’ learning experientially, much the way our new Ca. Academy of Sciences has the ‘living roof’ of butterflies and growth. (can’t WAIT to see it person; just opened this weekend, but the crowds aren’t my thang) I absolutely WILL post about it on ECP soon though: http://www.calacademy.org
This looks like something that Tolkein’s elves would do 🙂
I love this idea! Very eco chic!
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Nice idea but where I live the kids would just wreck it.
Digital Publisher says
Wow! Just came across this article, and I must say, I wish they had stuff like that when I was a kid!
Living playgrounds would be so, so much better than big plastic junky ones that you see everywhere. Those are sooo 1989.
Thanks for the info!
Anita Van Asperdt says
This concept would fit perfectly into a natural playground. Check out http://www.naturalplaygrounds.info
Danny Bears says
I love this concept. We actually build playscapes from all natural northern white cedar “logs / trees” to compliment natural playspaces. http://www.bearsplaygrounds.com