M. Paul Friedberg is a landscape architect who has influenced urban design of playgrounds, parks, plazas, and outdoor malls. He feels that urban designs are not for creating a break from the city life, rather they “engage the whirl of urban life and (are) unapologetically vital and active.” His designs accommodate recreation for different age groups, facilitate interaction between people in the community, and “enhance life by revealing beauty in the environment.”1
1. Randl, Chad. “Biography of M. Paul Friedberg.” The Cultural Landscape Foundation. <http://tclf.org/pioneer/m-paul-friedberg/biography-m-paul-friedberg> 28 March 2012.
Clare Cooper Marcus is an internationally recognized author and researcher on the psychological and sociological components of architecture, landscape design, and urban open space. From her studies she has promoted the design of environments for children, in particular by adding gardens and natural elements to outdoor spaces around schools, hospitals, day care centers, and public housing developments.
Robin C. Moore earned his diploma in Architecture from the London University in 1962. For two years after that Robin worked on a research hospital design team for the architects Llewelyn-Davies, Weeks and Partners in London. In 1966, Robin moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to earn a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It was at MIT that Robin began his lifelong interest in combining environmental design, child development, and play spaces as evidenced by his master’s thesis, which was on the Lenox-Camden Playground. He directed community projects for Boston Redevelopment Authority concerning residential rehabilitation and the development of local open space.