Studio|Bryan Hanes has coordinated two trips to New York City for the parks-professionals, planners, designers, and parks maintenance and management staff associated with our city of Philadelphia. While Philadelphia - with its own style, contexts, and opportunities - is great, we always benefit from learning from our friends, and we can certainly glean a few valuable lessons from one of our nearest neighbors. The Big Apple's parks systems are world-renowned for being productive urban landscapes and diverse play places.
In New York, we were thinking of a new definition of play, but the defining of a thing as idiosyncratic, personal, and profound as play is difficult. Or perhaps a single definition is too confining for this essential activity.
In the end, our group had a lot of fun frolicking in New York, we came away with great experiences, big ideas, but no universal definition.
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE PLAY?
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