M. Paul Friedberg (*1931), landscape architect, New York

Play environments for housing projects, schools, vest pocket parks:

- Nathan Straus Houses
- Quincy street (together with Pratt Institute)
- Carver Houses (1963), Astor Foundation
- Leffert Place Brooklyn, Rockefeller Foundation (1964), Vest Pocket Park
- Riverview Towers at 140th Street (Manhatten)
- Jacob Riis Plaza in the Lower East Side (1965), Astor Foundation
- Buchanan School (Washington D.C.)(1966), Astor Foundation for Lady Bird Johnson's Beautify America Program
- P.S. 166 on West Eighty-ninth Street (Manhattan) (1967), rebuilt 2000
- A series of ten Vest Pocket Parks 1967-1968: Bedford Stuyvesant (Brooklyn), Mulberry Street Park, 29th Street
- Housing and Urban Development Demonstration Grant (Grant from the Department of Housing and Development; Beautification Act) (1968)
- Superblock Bedford-Stuyvesant, architect: I.M. Pei (1968)
- Gottesman Plaza Playground on West Ninety-fourth Street (1970)
- Playground for Fort Lincoln Urban Renewal Plan, Washington, D.C. / Fort Lincoln New Town (1972)
- Billy Johnson Playground at East 67th Playground, Central Park (1985)

superblock Bedford-Stuyvesant, I.M. Pei; Saving Bedford Stuyvesant; "Epic to Ad Hoc: I.M. Pei and M. Paul Friedberg’s Bedford Stuyvesant Superblock"

timeline playground and landscape projects M. Paul Friedberg and Partners

Excerpt from M. Paul Friedberg Oral History Interview

"Dattner and Friedberg, made New York the locus for some of the most original American playgrounds in the postwar period. Their approach was simple. Both men stressed that playgrounds should comprise linked and integrated pieces and spaces. They wanted to challenge children's creativity by departing from the common urban formula of isolated incidents.

In 1965, with funding from the Astor Foundation, which hoped to decrease juvenile delinquency, Friedberg designed a playground at the heart of the public Jacob Riis Houses (Architects: Pomerance & Breines, 1949). This was Friedberg's "first total play environment".

Friedberg, invoking the work of Lady Allen, hoped that linked uses could become an analogy for the boundless possibilites that were inherent in an Adventure Playground."

Biography M. Paul Friedberg, in The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Source text and images
Solomon, Susan G. American Playgrounds: Revitalizing Community Space. Hanover [N.H.: University Press of New England, 2005.
Alison Dalton, M. Paul Friedberg's Early Design in New York City in, Birnbaum, Charles A. Preserving Modern Landscape Architecture: Papers from the Wave Hill-National Park Service Conference. Cambridge, Mass: Spacemaker Press, 1999, 57-58.
M. Paul Friedberg: Play and Interplay, 1970, The Macmillan Company, New York
M. Paul Friedberg: Process Architecture No. 82, 1989.
Marguerite Rouard, Jacques Simon: Espaces de jeux : de la boîte à sable au terrain d’aventure, D. Vincent, Paris 1976.
Peter Wolf. "The urban street" (A provocative forum in Minneapolis points up the unrealized potential of our long-neglected streets and their effect ont the quality of life.), Art in America Nov/Dec. 1970.

color images: courtesy M. Paul Friedberg

update: 5/1/2013, September 15, 2013

New York City, 1965
Riis Plaza, Jacob Riis Houses: New York City, 1965

Washington D.C., 1966
Buchanan High School: Washington D.C., 1966

Washington, D.C. Fort Lincoln, 1972
Fort Lincoln Urban Renewal Plan: Washington, D.C. Fort Lincoln, 1972

Central Park, New York City, 1985
Billy Johnson Playground: Central Park, New York City, 1985

Lefferts Place, Brooklyn N.Y., 1966
Joseph Weinstein Neighbourhood Park: Lefferts Place, Brooklyn N.Y., 1966


P.S. 166, New York, schoolyard 

Manhattan, New York, 1968
Public School 166 Playground: Manhattan, New York, 1968

Brooklyn, New York, 1970
Playground Bedford-Stuyvesant: Brooklyn, New York, 1970

Bedford-Stuyvesant (Art in America)
street-playground, 1969: Bedford-Stuyvesant (Art in America)

Washington D.C., 1968
Courtyard Buchanan School: Washington D.C., 1968


Courtyard Buchanan School 


29th Street Vest Pocket Park, NY 


 


Jacob Riis House, New York, 1966 


Jacob Riis House, New York, 1966 


Jacob Riis House, New York, 1966