1966 M.I.T. MASTER THESIS in CITY PLANNING / PLAYGROUND DESIGN Architecture of Play Spaces for Children
AN EXPERIMENT IN PLAYGROUND DESIGN, by ROBIN C. MOORE.
Original MASTER'S THESIS: Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of City Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, November, 1966.
Plain yellow card covers, plastic spiral bound, photocopied or mimeographed inner pages, 164 pages, pages printed on one side only.
From the Introduction: ******The subject is an experimental playground built and studied during a seven month period, April to October 1966, in Lower Roxbury, Boston. The overall objective of the study was to produce a transferable design framework of use to playground designers in the future. The approach taken towards play was a serious one, it was assumed to have important potential influence on individual development. The experiment per se and the creation of a viable playground was part of the same dynamic process. The Initial Design was continually modified and checked by feedback, from comments of the children and from field observations of their behavior.******
Dedicated to his wife and "to the children of Lenox and Camden Streets (Boston) whose love of play was the major inspiration."
GOOD condition: The plain card covers of the thesis have scrapes, rubs, some spots and edgewear; internally, there is a previous owner's signature at the top of the title page (Wayne Leong, possibly of Leong Architects, an architecture firm in St. Helena, California), toning to the first and last few pages, otherwise the pages are tight bright, clean clear and unmarked.
You can read much about ROBIN MOORE and his wide influence on the field of Playground and Play Space designs by simply typing in "Robin Moore" together with "Playgrounds" into your search bar. Here is a bit about him (from the Internet):
******Robin Moore, has a Diploma in Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture, London University, 1962; and a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1966. He is the "M" in MIG Inc., a highly successful Berkeley California based landscape and playground design firm.
He has been involved in numerous city playground and open space designs throughout the U.S. and many places throughout the world. He has won many international awards for his contributions to the field of design including from Sweden, Japan, and Argentina, countries where his work in the design of outdoor play facilities for children and families are used as a model.
Moore is the author or co-author of Childhood's Domain: Play and Place in Child Development (1986), Plants for Play (1993), the Play for All Guidelines (1987), the Complete Playground Book (1993), Natural Learning (1997), and numerous articles on the use of the outdoor environment by children and youth and families, and their involvement in the planning and design process.******