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When you've seen a child's drawing inspire an architect to greatness, you know the truth: kids are play experts if given half a chance. This is why Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP) are joining together to put on PLAYABLE 2010: INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION.

PLAYABLE KIDS is the first phase of the competition and where we're asking kids to draw pictures of what fun and play feel like and look like to them. The deadline is February 26, 2010, so we hope you'll get your children involved soon! The drawings will be presented to the architects, industrial designers, landscape architects, artists, etc. who enter the grownup phase of the competition. Just as the architect in the treehouse above (Amy Leathers, Lord-Aeck & Sargent, Atlanta) took her cue from Michael's drawing, so will our new competitors.

Please encourage any children you know to enter PLAYABLE KIDS! It will be fun and they'll be able to have an effect on the future of play.

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Comment by Cynthia Gentry on February 8, 2010 at 2:55pm
Thanks, Suz. I can't wait to see the results. I'm going to post as many as possible on www.PlayableKids.org, but will let y'all know here when they're up (late March).
Comment by Suz Lipman on February 8, 2010 at 2:30pm
Cynthia, I love the idea of having kids draw designs for their own play spaces! It's brilliant. I bet a lot of original, workable, and of course kid-oriented ideas will come forth. Please keep us posted on this great project. I and many others will follow with interest.

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