Many modern swing sets are plastic,
not in keeping with nature, and limit creativity
3Dux founder, Ayana Klein was enchanted by the playful and whimsical gardens in Chaumont, France.
Using nature as your guide, imagine, design and create a modern play space for all ages to enjoy.
student, artist, designer,
The Background: Pro's and Con's of the modern swing set?
The architect's vision, playspaces reimagined
The Inspiration: Annie and Ethan at Chaumont sur-Loire, Festival des Jardins
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Now it's your turn to create a model of the perfect playground. Using what you learned about swing sets, materials, nature, and what you already know about having fun, imagine design and create a model of the play space of the future. Drag the storyboard sheet below onto your desktop and print. Draw some sketches, jot down some notes, start building. Don't forget to send us your designs so we can share.
How to submit
1. Send photos of project plus any sketches, brainstorming ideas, work in progress. Even "mess-ups" are great for sharing!
2. Include written description or drawings if available
3. Video presentation with link to youtube or vimeo
* any photo/video with child needs signed release (drag onto desktop, fill out and return photo of signed document)
5. Share your post on Facebook and/or instagram with tags @3duxdesign , @billionboxproject , @3duxuniversity
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