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Francesco Tonucci: "The space for true play is not one of swings and slides monitored by adults"

Francesco Tonucci is a researcher at the Institute for Cognition Science and Technology of the Italian National Center for Research (CNR) in Rome. His professional activity has been aimed at studying the thinking and behaviour of children, in family, school and city environments. In this interview, he talks about play as a pleasure entailing exploration and adventure. A pleasure that requieres a variety of settings, spontaneously chosen places like the stairway at home, or the river, far from the adult gaze. 

This interview is part of the series "Shared Spaces", an idea of the Public Space  project. International thinkers talk about their favorite places and other aspects related to cities and public space.

2 February 2019