The Adventure Playground: A Playful Attitude by Aberrant Architecture

An image of children playing on a tree in front of a building of flats, with the text 'The Adventure Playgrounds: The Architectures of Contemporary Play' written in black font overlaid onto the image
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Aberrant Architecture’s talk will explore how we can re-think our entire idea of play and adopt a playful attitude to everything we do.

Imagining play as a way of being in the world, Aberrant’s designs blend some of the characteristics of play into all our non-play activities such as work, shopping or education.

Using the power of playfulness, Aberrant believes we can transform buildings and reanimate public spaces to add to the life of cities, inviting people of all ages to use these existing places in imaginative new ways.

The Adventure Playground: Architectures of Contemporary Play is a series of exploratory talks and propositions that investigates processes of play and imagination and their role in built environments and the designed spaces of playgrounds in the UK. It brings forward the architectural and political history of playgrounds as dedicated spaces for children across contemporary cities and centres on the idea of ‘creating worlds’.

About the event


Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

We are unable to provide British Sign Language interpretation for this event.

The duration of the event is one and a half hours. Seated.


Find information about getting here and our building access and facilities here.

This event will take place in the galleries and is wheelchair accessible.

There are no audio descriptions for this event.

If you have any questions around access or have specific access requirements we can accommodate, please get in touch with us by emailing

Safety during your visit

Due to COVID precautions, please do not attend this event if you/someone in your household is currently COVID-19 positive, has suspected symptoms, or is awaiting test results.

Please observe social distancing where possible.

Staff and visitors are welcome to wear a face mask in all areas.

You can find more details about how we're keeping everyone safe here.

Aberrant Architecture is a multi-award winning collaborative studio of designers, makers and thinkers.

Their projects, whether interactive architecture, interiors, public art, exhibitions or installations, offer new and unexpected ways of experiencing everyday life. By placing storytelling and research at the heart of their practice, they produce spatial experiences that are both meaningful and beautiful.

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