Denisa Kollarová & Anna van Lingen

Tools of Imagination


We – Denisa Kollarová and Anna van Lingen – live in an era in which there are not many carefully constructed playgrounds. We don’t like what we see. Have we – city decision makers, architects, designers, parents, friends – forgotten to be critical? There are so many architects, artists and thinkers of the past who have proven that a playground can be much more than just generic plastic structures placed randomly, constructed by simply flipping through the pages of play equipment catalogues.

We have the right to public space, to play, to playgrounds! Tools of Imagination is inspired by the design philosophy of Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck. The project explores playground design through several media: a publication, a series of lectures, an original adopted climbing frame by van Eyck and a video work made in cooperation with the Rijksmuseum.

Van Eyck’s exceptional designs have influenced generations of children at play in Amsterdam. After the Second World War, van Eyck dedicated himself to developing a web of over 700 playgrounds scattered across the city, in order to give children their own recognizable domain.

Nowadays only a few play elements remain. An important aspect of Aldo van Eyck’s designs is his strive to stimulate the imagination and ingenuity of the child, which is visible in the abstract shapes of his play elements.

Thanks to support of Creative Industries Fund NL

This event is a part of the Off Programme – open space devoted to workshops, interventions, and other presentations and activities related to graphic design. The authors are solely responsible for the nature of this event. The program is subject to change.

Denisa Kollarová (SK)

Denisa Kollarová lives and works in Amsterdam, where she and Anna van Lingen began their collaboration after graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2013. Ruins, public spaces, social architecture, city mapping and utopian architectural planning are core topics which keep her curiosity alive in various books, exhibitions and lectures. In addition to Seventeen Playgrounds her ongoing projects include Under My Own Construction of Ruins and Migration of Form.

Anna van Lingen (NL)

Anna van Lingen is a graphic designer working on a number of self-initiated projects which investigate town planning, architecture and the ageing of cities and buildings. She works closely with Denisa Kollarová, on an ongoing project centered on children’s play and playspaces. At the beginning of 2016 Seventeen Playgrounds, a guide to Aldo van Eyck’s designs for children in the centre of Amsterdam was published by Lecturis as a result of their research. Anna van Lingen finished her studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2013 and lives and works in Amsterdam.


Governor’s Palace
Moravské náměstí 1a

Off Programme

The Off Programme is conceived as an open space for workshops, interventions and other graphic design presentations. Following the success of its launch in the previous edition, this time it will be primarily focused on exhibition projects.

The authors are solely responsible for the nature of this event. The program is subject to change.


Governor’s Palace
Moravské náměstí 1a