2018 — Columbia GSAPP

Play Grounds is a spatial catalog for building “playsurfaces” that are responsive to the found geology of the environment. Inspired by the playscapes of Isamu Noguchi, this project reinterprets the concept of playground as, quite simply, an interconnected network of surfaces. The catalog features a kit-of-parts based on a sectional logic of elevation and grade as a guide for the possibilities of human interaction.

Located in uptown New York’s Morningside Park, this project tackles the site’s distinctive verticality as a unique case for field conditions. This shift from objects to fields becomes a move away from discrete playground kits of the twentieth century to a new system for creating playful structures anywhere on Earth.

Play Grounds was selected for the 2018 edition of Columbia GSAPP’s Abstract publication for the Intro to Architecture studio.



Below are screens of in-progress 3D modeling project and future digital visualization of the project. The challenge of modeling the play surfaces, which defy the orthogonal nature of traditional architecture, and its necessary connection to the landscape and topography of the site is particularly challenging for learning Rhino.