Mapping TAPLA (Terrains d'aventure du passé/pour l'avenir : Adventure playgrounds from the past/for the future)


This project was initiated by the TAPLA (Terrains d'aventure du passé/pour l'avenir) research group, supported by the Labex Les passés dans le present (Nanterre University, France). It focuses on the free play areas for children invented in Denmark in 1943, which are known alternately as ‘adventure playgrounds’, ‘Robinson playgrounds’, and so on. These playgrounds, which first appeared in France in the early 1970s, virtually disappeared in the 1990s and have been making a comeback since the 2010s.

The aim of this collaborative map is to document the sites of the past and present, as well as those that were planned but never existed. The map is based on research in the archives. The map is therefore based on a guide to archive sources, which members of the public are invited to consult if they wish to visit the archive services listed to carry out further research and provide the map with additional information and/or reproductions of documents It should be noted that the guide is necessarily incomplete and that it is entirely possible to investigate in services other than those listed. You can also add your own personal memories to the map, in the form of stories or digitised documents. Finally, to document current adventure playgrounds, an on-site survey can be used to gather information and documents. You can contribute to the project in a variety of ways: by consulting documents in libraries or archives; by searching your own personal resources or social network; by going out to see the traces of past terrains or the manifestations of present ones.

To take part, simply create an account here and read the general instructions in the ‘Understanding the project’ section. Proposed additions and modifications are then validated by the project manager. If you have any questions, please contact us:


This map lists the adventure playgrounds that exist or have existed around the world since they first appeared in the 1940s. It gives their location and date of creation and, for some of them, provides multimedia documentation.

Created April 10, 2024, 11 a.m.

Updated April 10, 2024, 11 a.m.

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