Reimagining Play and Learning in Philadelphia

In 2016 the Play Space Design Competition, hosted by the Community Design Collaborative and Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, inspired the thoughtful reimagination of play spaces in Philadelphia. IS-DG was honored to participate in the competition and collaborate with fellow architects, designers, and other professionals who share a passion for community-driven design and innovative public spaces.

IS-DG is proud to announce that its design team, a large and diverse contingent led by Salt Design Studio, emerged as one of the competition’s three finalists. Using the Blanche A. Nixon branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia as its design site, the team was asked to develop a thoughtful plan for the library’s outdoor space that integrated play and learning.

Buoyed by the efforts of the entire IS-DG team, the firm contributed to the plan’s “garden maze,” an outdoor labyrinth designed to encourage a sense of mystery, exploration, and fun—an experience similar to what happens when a child winds through the stacks of a public library.

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