LADY ALLEN: THE ADVENTURE OF CHILDHOOD
November 25-26, 2017
Continuing with the Mies é + cycle of the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo, one of the sessions was devoted to the English architect Marjory Allen, better known as Lady Allen of Hurtwood.
This architect and landscape architect lived through the two world wars of the 20th century, which influenced her to dedicate her work to improving children’s childhood, paying special attention to designing inclusive spaces.
The session began by making our own ideal playground designs. Right after that, we tried to play different games without any dexterity such as sight or one of the hands, which was really complicated even though it seemed very simple a priori.
We continue to make a great construction among all of us, this time without being able to get up from the ground. Subsequently, we invented our own games around it, thus emphasizing the appropriation of space through creativity in play.
Lastly, we went back to our initial designs and made a reflection about which things are essential and which are unnecessary for a playground and, in the purest Lady Allen style, we considered the inclusion of all children.
Selection of the material used