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TED Talk: Takaharu Tezuka on Tokyo's Newest Open-Air Kindergarten

14:00 - 18 October, 2015

"When you put many children in a quiet box, some of them get really nervous," says Japanese architect Takaharu Tezuka, founder of Tezuka Architects. "In this kindergarten, there is no reason for them to get nervous. There is no boundary." Speaking at TEDxKyoto on his design for an open-air kindergarten in Tokyo, Tezuka discusses his playful and unorthodox approach to the creation of the eccentric building. The unconventional space blurs interior with exterior while accommodating a varied program of athletic, educational and relaxed space. According to Tezuka, the concept was based on a progressive philosophy employed by the school administration: "The principal says: if the boy doesn't want to stay in the room, let him go. He will come back eventually." On children, Tezuka's own philosophy is one of empowerment: "Don't control them. Don't protect them too much. They need to tumble sometimes. They need to get injured. That makes them learn how live in this world."

19 Playgrounds that Prove Architecture Isn't Just for Adults

12:30 - 6 September, 2015
© Flickr/jeanphony
© Flickr/jeanphony

Former US President Theodore Roosevelt once said that play is a fundamental need — so much so that playgrounds should be provided for every child, just as schools are.

In countries around the world, architects are becoming increasingly innovative to create environments where children can explore their imaginations.

Today, playgrounds can float entirely on the ocean, or take the shape of an enormous, colorful crocodile.

Keep scrolling to see some of the best playground designs around the world that will make you want to be a kid again.

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Wall less house / Tezuka Architects

01:00 - 22 March, 2009
  • Architects

  • Location

    Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects

    Takaharu+Yui Tezuka, Masahiro Ikeda, Makoto Takei
  • Structural Desing

    Ove Arup & Partners Japan Limited
  • Structure

    Steel
  • Lighting Design

    Masahide Kakudate (Masahide Kakudate Lighting Architect & Associates, Inc.)
  • Principal Use

    Residence
  • Building Site

    Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Construction

    Matsumoto Corporation
  • Design Period

    2000.4-2000.12
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

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Roof House / Tezuka Architects

01:00 - 14 March, 2009
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    Tezuka Architects - Takaharu+Yui Tezuka, Masahiro Ikeda, Daisuke Sanada
  • Architectural And Structural Desing

    Tezuka Architects + MASAHIRO IKEDA co., ltd
  • Structure

    Wood
  • Lighting Design

    Masahide Kakudate (Masahide Kakudate Lighting Architect & Associates, Inc.)
  • Principal Use

    Residence
  • Building Site

    Hatano-shi, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Construction

    Isoda
  • Design Period

    2000.3-2000.8
  • Area

    298.59 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009

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House to catch the forest / Tezuka Architects

01:00 - 13 March, 2009
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

     Tezuka Architects -Takaharu+Yui Tezuka, Masahiro Ikeda, Makoto Takei, Ryuya Maio
  • Architectural And Structural Desing

    Tezuka Architects + MASAHIRO IKEDA co., ltd
  • Structure

    Wood
  • Lighting Design

    Masahide Kakudate (Masahide Kakudate Lighting Architect & Associates, Inc.)
  • Principal Use

    Weekend House
  • Building Site

    Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan
  • Construction

    Kitano Kensetsu
  • Design Period

    2003.4-2003.9
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010

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Floating Roof House / Tezuka Architects

01:00 - 6 March, 2009
  • Architects

  • Location

    Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    Tezuka Architects - Takaharu+Yui Tezuka, Masahiro Ikeda, Chie Nabeshima, Hiroshi Tomikawa
  • Architectural And Structural Desing

    Tezuka Architects + MASAHIRO IKEDA co., ltd
  • Structure

    Reinforced Concret + Steel
  • Lighting Design

    Masahide Kakudate (Masahide Kakudate Lighting Architect & Associates, Inc.)
  • Principal Use

    Residence
  • Building Site

    Okayama, Japan
  • Construction

    Kajima Corporation, Hiroshima
  • Design Period

    2004.4-2004.12
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

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