Architecture and Play: Learning from Children's Museums features interviews with leading international architects Frank Gehry, Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi and others. Directors of children's museums, exhibit designers and a child psychologist discuss experiential aspects of these children's spaces.
The video focuses on four critical elements of design that embody the idea of play: multisensory issues, space-body relationships, juxtaposition of scales and spatial variety, and overall appeal to both children adults.
From a child's perspective viewers move through a succession of museum environments that are youth-oriented, including those in Boston, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and the Philadelphia (Zoo's Treehouse).
The tours are intended to stimulate designers' intuition and creativity while avoiding absolute prescriptions. This program is based on the work of Jawaid Haider, who studied more than thirty children's museums in the United States and abroad.
By assessing the pioneering designs, exhibits and architecture of children's museums, designers can bring these insights into any building intended for children, including child care centers and schools.
Available As: DVD
Produced By: WSPX-TV and Jawaid Haider, Ph.D.
Running Time: 25 minutes