Strange Shapes for Play (Jul, 1962)

This is the kind of equipment lawyers dream of.

Strange Shapes for Play

Unconventional and modern playground equipment has been developed in Ulm, Germany, by architect Joachim Kimpel. A 10-year study of children’s methods and behavior at play by the architect, a gardener and a psychologist led to the redesigning of recreational equipment for climbing, spinning, balancing and swinging.

Each apparatus took days of study. Scale models were made before the experts decided which of the projects was best suited for the children. The specially designed playground equipment is intended to develop all the child’s physical abilities, particularly his coordination and balance.

Although the modern design stresses function and mechanics, it retains qualities of good form that will readily capture a child’s imagination.

  1. M.S.W. says: October 19, 20118:05 am

    “This is the kind of equipment lawyers dream of.” Lawyers and suicidal people.

  2. Hirudinea says: October 19, 20117:36 pm

    @ M.S.W. – Yep, welcome to Lawsuit park.

  3. Mike says: October 19, 201110:22 pm

    There was a time when the nation was stronger and people didn’t sue for every little thing.

  4. G. L. Tyrebyter says: October 20, 20114:02 am

    When I was a kid in the 50’s, our playgrounds had monkey bars (jungle gyms) that were built over asphalt. Everything was over asphalt and concrete. The cars had no seat belts. The dashboards had pointy protrusions. I remember coming home with bloody knees and my mother got angry because I ruined a good pair of pants. She figured the knees would heal. They did. We survived and developed a thicker skin.
    Now that America is so litigious, medical costs are astronomical (ask a doctor what he/she pays for malpractice insurance), public spaces are restricted (towns can’t afford the liability insurance), Automobile owner’s manuals are written by lawyers rather than engineers. Look in your owner’s manual, nothing but cautions and warnings. It used to give information about changing your own lamps etc. Now it tells you it might be dangerous to change a lamp and it is best to go to the dealer and have it done. This country was built on risk takers. While it is good that things are made safer, suing for every inconvenience, scrape or stupid act, just helps the lawyers get rich and the rest of us pay. That’s the opinion of an old fart – bycracky!

  5. Charlie says: October 20, 20116:38 am

    G. L. Tyrebyter: While I agree with the general gist of your statement, your examples are a bit poor. People who got into accidents in cars with pointy protrusions and no seat belts had an amazing tendency to die, thus robbing them of the ability to develop a thicker skin.

    An example: In 1934 the number of auto fatalities was roughly the same as it was in 2009 even though there are vastly more cars/miles driven today.

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