Blob Garden

role: concept development, design, research, illustrations

: 2021

Blob Garden was created as a solution to the question How can you encourage unstructured, open-ended play in a playground. The result is a proposal for a modular, mobile playground that can fit inside of a van and can be played with in various geographical locations. The playground is made up of simple shapes that encourage creative expression and collaboration. In this proposal, Blob Garden is owned by New York City’s Parks Department.

All of the playground pieces were designed to fit together like a large-scale puzzle. ︎︎︎

Children are encouraged to play with the shapes however they want! ︎︎︎

I playtested the full-scale cardboard prototype with kids. ︎︎︎

I also made a miniature cork prototype of Blob Garden ︎︎︎

My process involved 1. sketching and researching 2. 3d modeling in Vector Works 3. making minatures in cardboard and sending them out by mail to be playtested 4. making miniatures out of cork 5. building fullsize carboard prototypes 6. playtesting

Blob Garden was created for my thesis project for NYU’s ITP program. Watch the full project presentation below ︎︎︎

Lizzy Chiappini

Lizzy Chiappini