by Kathy Stinson
Cornelia Oberlander was the first architect to realize the importance of living in harmony with nature. She was ahead of her time in designing green roofs and parks and in using native plants and soils. She also recognized the need of children to build and play, and designed wonderfully creative playgrounds. The adventure playground she created for Expo67 had hills to climb, tunnels to hide in, water for wading, and building materials for kids to construct their own houses. It may sound dangerous, but consider this: there was only one injury (a sprained ankle).
I've been unable to determine if Oberlander's playground still exists. I hope it does. In the meantime, read this inspiring book. It's filled with many imaginative ideas. I just wish that the photos were in colour!