Designing Playful Cities

February 18 - May 20, 2018

Credit Robin Dupuis

Credit Robin Dupuis

As our cities become more and more densely populated, we must design spaces for play into them. 

MODA’s exhibition, Designing Playful Cities, took visitors through interactive installations that presented a strong case for designing play into urban environments, encouraged visitors of all ages to engage in play in their day-to-day activities, and inspired designers and developers to create playful spaces in our cities, whether by designing proper playgrounds for children or by converting under-utilized spaces into fun and friendly places. 

Curator: Janelle Miniter / Exhibition Advisor: Cynthia Gentry

Installations in this Exhibition Included:

  • Delirious Frites by Les Astronautes

  • Kit of Imagination by Urban Conga

  • Spun Chair by Thomas Heatherwick

Designers and Artists Featured in this Exhibition Included:

  • BASE Landscape Architecture

  • Carve

  • LUC with Erect Architects

  • Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam

  • Fletcher Studio

  • Jen Lewin

  • Carlos Martinez Architekten and Pipilotti Rist

  • The Urban Conga

  • PAN Studio

  • Jonathan Chomko and Matthew Rosier

  • Janet Echelman

  • HIK Ontwerpes

  • mmmm…

  • Elham Souris and Nushin Samavaki

  • MLRP

  • PLOT Architects

  • NEXT Architects


  • Lateral Office, CS Design, EGP Group

  • The WA

  • Thor ter Kulve

  • Kurt Perschke

  • Hirsch & Mann

  • Martha Schwartz Partners

  • Isamu Noguchi

  • Gitte Nygaard and Jair Straschnow

  • Urban Intervention

  • Höweler and Yoon

Photo credit: Jo Zhou

We are grateful to the sponsors & supporters of this exhibition: