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Recess, Rethought

“Child-motivated play is like a twin engine when paired with physical activity,” says Hammond, expressing his hope that formal studies will soon prove what many parents already believe: Collaborative, experimental play produces smarter, more well-adjusted adults. Designers have been responding to this emerging desire for better education through play with innovative, sustainable spaces that use a mix of adventure narratives, natural elements, and nontraditional materials to nurture new forms of creative, experiential learning. Alissa Walker is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles and the author of City Walks Architecture: New York, published by Chronicle Books.