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Jonathan Hanahan and Rory Hyde

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In 2002, Volume Volume’s predecessor Archis presented a ‘Psychogeographic Bicycle Eyck’s Amsterdam Playgrounds’.1 Included were two numbered Tour of Aldo van E p maps of the playground locations in 1976 and 2002, a list indicating their current status, and a series of before and after photos showing how they had stood up to the test of time and encroaching urban development. First designed by the 26 year-old Van Eyck in 1947 for the Department of Urban Development, the playgrounds from his hand – and those replicating it – are beautifully simple, inspired by the artistic likes of Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg. Their minimalist forms, such as steel framed climbing domes, circular sand pits and horizontal bars of varying heights quickly spread throughout the city to form a familiar recurring element, and an important part of Amsterdam’s collective childhood memory. As this issue of Volume presents a comprehensive exploration of the guide, we thought we would test their credentials by re-revisiting these playgrounds with the magazine as our guide. Please join us on this journey. 15

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Bertelmanplein Unchanged Vondelpark Under renovation Jacob Obrechtplein Aldo sandpit remains; many new additions Hondecoeterstraat New playground; no Aldo elements remain Sarphatipark Intact with some new additions Kastanjeplein No longer there Laagte Kadijk New playground; no Aldo elements remain Fredrik Hendrikplantsoen New playground; no Aldo elements remain Jonas Daniël Meyerplein Unchanged Westerpark Unchanged Herenmarkt Intact with some new additions

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Archis as Guide: Aldo van Eyck Playground Tour 2009  

In 2002, Volume's predecessor Archis presented a 'Psychogeographic Bicycle Tour of Aldo van Eyck's Amsterdam Playgrounds'. As Volume #22 pre...

Archis as Guide: Aldo van Eyck Playground Tour 2009  

In 2002, Volume's predecessor Archis presented a 'Psychogeographic Bicycle Tour of Aldo van Eyck's Amsterdam Playgrounds'. As Volume #22 pre...

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