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Design of Play: Process and Methods

Resources related to the research and design of play in support of the Bachelor of Architecture Foundation Labs.

The resources on this page will help designers investigate the design process, methods, shapes, colors, and materials.

Play Theory


The Play Pyramid by Kudrowitz and Wallace is a resourceful tool for toy and play designers. Move around the pyramid to generate different configurations by combining characteristics of multiple play types. Read the full length article on the play pyramid and other play diagrams here.

Want to learn more about play?

Visit the National Institute of Play to further investigate different types of play and watch Stuart Brown's TED Talk Play is More than Just Fun.

Material Resources


Naef prefers the use of wood. Research different types and qualities of wood in the two databases below.

Material ConneXion provides full-text data on materials used in architecture, interior and industrial design, fashion and apparel, and landscaping. Materials include polymers, ceramics, glass, metals, cements, and natural materials. Processing and sustainability information, physical and usage properties, and manufacturers are listed.

Material Order SEARCH is a shared online materials catalog that allows users to search the material collections of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), Parsons School of Design, adn the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).