Chaos and creativity of play : designing emotional engagement in public spaces

Rawlinson, Christopher & Guaralda, Mirko (2012) Chaos and creativity of play : designing emotional engagement in public spaces. In Brassett, Jamie, Hekkert, Paul, Ludden, Geke, Malpass, Matt, & McDonnell, Janet (Eds.) Out of control: Proceedings of 8th International Design and Emotion Conference : Out of Control, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, United Kingdom, pp. 1-12.

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How do we create strong urban narratives? How do we create affection for our cities? Play, an essential part of any species' biological existence and development, can often be perceived as chaotic and derogatory to social and spatial order. Play is also often perceived as a creative force which generates social and spatial value. This paper looks at the design approaches to both chaotic and creative perceptions of publics at play in urban space. Commonly, Urban and Architectural Design constitutes reactive management of perceived chaos, which derogatorily effects our sensory and emotional engagement with space.

Alternatively, Urban and Architectural Design can appeal to the creativity of play, by encouraging unsolicited novelty that is vital to strong experiential narratives in the city and iterating environments that encourage the emergence of physical, emotional and cultural invention.

These perceptions of chaos and creativity affect the design methodology of professional practice. Tested through the exciting vehicle of Parkour as urban narrative, the constraints and opportunities of both approaches are presented.

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ID Code: 51313
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Play, Parkour, Urban Design, Architecture, Placemaking
ISBN: 978-0-9570719-2-6
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2012 22:24
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2013 13:29

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