Thursday, July 8, 2010


Many thanks to Ned Crowe from Arup for passing on this fantastic way of pumping water using minimal technology and maximum fun.

Monday, July 5, 2010

the gathering

play beyond the playground

A wonderful gathering of artists and playful thinkers took place at Snug & Outdoor HQ last week.

Tim Gill - ( Writer, researcher, adviser on children's play and childhood, Stuart Lester - Senior Lecturer in play at Gloucester University, Chris Meade - Director of If:book ( and long time co-conspirator, Chris O'shea - ( digital artist making playful public installations, Reem Charif architect/designer with Febrik, ( creating playful spaces with children in Lebanese refugee camps, Bruno Taylor ( and Vincenzo Vi Maria ( designers who subvert public space with play, and Hattie and Tim from Snug & Outdoor….

All day we discussed flexible space, disruptive space, play as the creation of uncertainty and of balance. We looked at playful wonders in refugee camps, school playgrounds, a Japanese plaza, Gillett Square, London bus stops… We ate delicious food, drank coffee and wine and agreed that this is fun and inspiring…

Who knows what next….??