Talks

Play Spaces

October 2019

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                                                  • Play Spaces

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                                                              Brief

                                                              Where will you play? In the park, the office, the street, a virtual world, on a stage, or at the World Cup. Will it be in front of thousands, with your neighbours, colleagues, family, friends or in your own imagination. The way we make our environment will encourage and enhance play in turn enhancing our social cohesion across cultures, generations, communities.

                                                              It has the power to improve well-being and make us more creative and innovative. A place which encourages independence and play can benefit child development, but also has the potential to unite a range of agendas – including health and wellbeing, sustainability, resilience and safety. What does a play friendly city look like?

                                                              “Children are a kind of indicator species. If we can build a successful city for children, we will have a successful city for all people.” — Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogotá.

                                                              How can we find adventure and play in the natural environment whilst maintaining it for future generations? What would play look like on another planet or engage us on the long journeys through space? Stage and screen professionals constantly transport us to new environments of the imagination for actors to play out new stories. Stadium designers create play spaces to be experienced by thousands and virtual environments provide play spaces for millions.

                                                              Speakers

                                                              Reem Charif

                                                              Reem Charif obtained a degree in Architecture from the Architectural Association, School of Architecture (AA dip RIBA II), after which she completed…

                                                              Mohamad Hafeda

                                                              Mohamad Hafeda is a PhD candidate in Architectural Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL London. His research investigates the…

                                                              Lucas De Man

                                                              Founder & CEO of New Heroes Lucas De Man (Belgium, 1982) graduated from the KU Leuven with a Masters in Literature in 2004. He immediately applied…

                                                              Eric Gordon

                                                              Eric Gordon is a professor of civic media and the director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College in Boston. His research focuses on the…

                                                              Ramzi Naja

                                                              Ramzi is an architect, researcher, and educator based in Boston, Massachusetts, focusing on his work at NuVu as Head of Innovation for the NuVu-Karam…

                                                              Jean-François Larouche

                                                              Jean-François Larouche is Director of the Interactive team at Moment Factory, bringing a focus on user experience to all of his projects. He guides…

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