This event deals with city as a place to play. How do humans use the city for entertainment?
John Bishop / Andrew Crompton / Adam Park / Emma Bearman
Places +Children = Learning
PLACES - The School of Architecture for Children is a partnership between architects, artists, educators, children and their families in which we collaborate in an exploration of the ways in which the experiences of buildings and living in urban spaces can assist children to co-construct and expand their learning. This approach is based on a belief the the environment that children inhabit can never be assumed to be neutral and will always have the potential to make a major and creative contribution in their process of thinking and understanding the world around them.
"What is contained in place is on its way to being well remembered" - Edward Casey - Remembering.
See more about Places here.
The city as a playground
A postgraduate researcher at the Sheffield School of Architecture, Adam’s research is located at the intersection of architecture, mapping, and site-specific performance practice. Often straddling diverse fields including live theatre, mobile technology, and so-called ‘pervasive’ gaming, these practices have emerged as new ways of ‘enchanting’ or ‘gamifying’ the urban environment. Drawing upon recent examples (including Blast Theory, Invisible Flock, and Uninvited Guests), Adam’s research looks at the way in which these practice (re)appropriate the city; revealing hidden stories, reimagining urban futures, testing boundaries, and challenging normative ways of understanding and acting in urban space.
See Adam Park's blog here.
Andrew Crompton is head of Liverpool School of Architecure: www.cromp.com/
See more about Andrew Crompton here.
Why 10000 Robots?
Emma Bearman is the self appointed Chief Officer of Play at Playful Leeds. Playful is serious about creating spaces and places where people can come together to create, imagine, dream and do stuff. March of the Robots is a civic enterprise commission with the tiny ambition to collectively create 10000 robots in Leeds during 2014 culminating in a city wide parade in October 2014.
Why Robots you ask? Why 10000? Come along to decide for yourself if this is one way to answer the question 'What could bring the widest population of a city together in being creative?'
See Playful Leeds' website here.