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

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

- Nathan Strauss 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), 1986 renamed Playground 89. Rebuilt in 1999 in the spirit of the old design.
- 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 (1969)
- Playground for Housing Project Pruitt-Igoe, St. Louis (produced by Timberform, Oregon) (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

American Society of Landscape Architects: M. Paul Friedberg’s Journey of Ideas by Jared Green - 04/04/2013

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation: Playground 89

Playground Battles: Can Safety and Adventure Co-Exist Where Children Play? By Kim Velsey, Observer 8/13/2015

"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.
Landscape Architecture Quarterly (LAQ): October 1968.

color images: courtesy M. Paul Friedberg

update: 5/1/2013, September 15, 2013, September 2014

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

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


Jacob Riis House, New York, 1966 

Jacob Riis House, New York, 1966 

Jacob Riis House, New York, 1966 

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

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

Courtyard Buchanan School: 1966

LAQ, oct. 1968
Manhattan Project: PS 166: LAQ, oct. 1968

LAQ, Oct. 1968
Manhattan Project: PS 166: LAQ, Oct. 1968

P.S. 166, New York, schoolyard 

Brooklyn, New York, 1969
Playground Bedford-Stuyvesant: Brooklyn, New York, 1969

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

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

Igoe, LAQ 1968
Advertisement Timberform for Pruitt: Igoe, LAQ 1968

Igoe, LAQ 1968
Advertisement Timberform for Pruitt: Igoe, LAQ 1968

Igoe, LAQ 1968
Advertisement Timberform for Pruitt: Igoe, LAQ 1968

29th Street Vest Pocket Park, NY 

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