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Panel Discussion: Free Play – Risk, Learning and Design in Public Playgrounds

Monday, April 21, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Municipal Art Society, 457 Madison Avenue

City plans now underway will give New Yorkers hundreds of new public playgrounds. These timely developments comes as scholars, educators, and designers are reexamining the way children play today. An international panel of play and design experts will analyze the factors that influence playground design and explore tested approaches for integrating unstructured play and elements of risk to foster enjoyment and informal learning. Panelists include, Julian Richter of Richter Spielgerate GmbH, Roger Hart of the Children’s Environments Research Group at CUNY Graduate Center, and Nadine Levick, MD, MPH, of Objective Safety. The panel will be moderated by James Clark Chermayeff, interpretive planner and recreation consultant, and Charles McKinney of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.

Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged.