Playground Explorations

The modern urban playground was born at the turn of the 20th century, when improvements in child labor laws gave children more time to play, and they needed somewhere other than the city streets to do it. Hara Estroff Marano believes “Play is the future with sneakers on”; but some of today’s playgrounds lack the imagination they are meant to inspire. Thankfully, this is beginning to change due to playful design innovations which take into account a child’s innate design to explore and have control over their environment. These exciting spaces are worldwide and include New York’s Adventure Playground and Teardrop Park which integrates playful elements into a sophisticated landscape meant to invoke the Catskills.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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