Unstructured play–those increasingly rare moments when children run free, play make-believe, and build their creativity–has a critical role in a child’s intellectual, social and physical development. And yet, so many of the playgrounds we see leave little room for imagination. We live in a litigious, better-safe-than-sorry world, and our sterilized, standardized playgrounds tend to reflect that.
Schreibman’s playground doesn’t look a bit like the hulking plastic structures at your neighborhood park. There are no slides, sandboxes or forts to force-feed entertainment. In their place are structures that look more like art than playground. Schreibman hired LTL Architects to design four pieces of equipment, and gave them one main directive: Free Play structures needed to be unstructured. “If you let a child develop that love of learning and exploration, it will last them a lifetime,” says Schreibman.