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"Urban Toys" Designed to Reactivate Underused Public Spaces in Mexico City

"Urban Toys" Designed to Reactivate Underused Public Spaces in Mexico City
"Urban Toys" Designed to Reactivate Underused Public Spaces in Mexico City, Cortesía de Laboratorio para la Ciudad
Cortesía de Laboratorio para la Ciudad

How can play areas in cities open up new ways to interact with and experience space?

This was the question that prompted Mexico City's Laboratorio para la Ciudad to host the "Urban Toys" competition, seeking architectural proposals for temporary urban interventions that will reactivate underused public spaces through play and amusement. 86 total proposals were received.

"Urban toys" are multi-functional objects adapted to the public space where they are installed; they respond to children's demand for play areas and new ways to explore the world. They are artifacts that push the boundaries for playground equipment, defying the traditional play areas that are usually installed in public spaces, such as swing sets, slides and other standardized plastic modules. 

Each selected team will receive a prize of 50,000 Mexican pesos (approx 2,630 US Dollars), and the "urban toys" will soon be installed in three of Mexico City's public squares, where workshops for psychological development will take place as well in order to generate a more resilient city. 

The selected projects were: 

PLAZA LORETO
Project title: Aros
Office: PALMA
Team leader: Diego Escamilla
Team: Regina de Hoyos, Ilse Cárdenas, Juan Luis Rivera, Tonatiuh Armenta

Cortesía de PALMA Estudio
Cortesía de PALMA Estudio

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PLAZA SANTA CATARINA
Project title: Polerama
Office: Estudio OOMO
Team leader: Cassandra Gutiérrez
Team: Beatriz Rico, Alejandro Mora

Cortesía de Estudio Oomo
Cortesía de Estudio Oomo

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PARQUE DE LA EQUIDAD
Project title: Donde viven los monstruos
Office: bandada! studio
Team leader: Fermín Espinosa
Team: Iván Valero, Paola Silva, Guillaume Beauchesne, Héctor Delgado, Gerardo Salinas, Mattia Brambilia, Raúl Rodarte

Cortesía de Laboratorio para la Ciudad
Cortesía de Laboratorio para la Ciudad

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From ArchDaily, congratulations to the selected teams. 

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Cite: Zatarain, Karina. ""Urban Toys" Designed to Reactivate Underused Public Spaces in Mexico City" [Conoce a los proyectos seleccionados de la convocatoria abierta Juguetes Urbanos en Ciudad de México] 26 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/882364/urban-toys-designed-to-reactivate-underused-public-spaces-in-mexico-city/> ISSN 0719-8884
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