Games Informing the Urban Development
From Cape Town to Amsterdam and Istanbul, Play the City sheds light into the specific applications and outcomes of city gaming in various planning and city-making regimes worldwide. During her research, Ekim Tan realized that city games can inform urban development by turning the various stakeholders into players who actively influence their urban environment. Tan is the director of Foundation Play the City, a successful city gaming company in Amsterdam. Designed to make Tan’s research more accessible to all, the book includes an extensive chapter dedicated to unraveling the city-gaming method as developed by the Play the City teams, with case studies from Shenzhen, Cape Town, Amsterdam, Almere, and Istanbul. Also included are reviews about influential city games from around the world, plus numerous interviews from gaming experts such as Eric Gordon, Pablo Suarez, and Mohini Dutta. Play the City will inspire not only the city of officers or experts in city making as architects and planners, but also anyone who feels interested and responsible for their living environments.
392 pp / 157 b&w
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or “Of Museum Orgy or Mixed Omnigamy in Composite and Harmonic Order,” TREATISE
Pierre Bal-Blanc (Ed.)
Organized by curator Pierre Bal-Blanc, the experimental architectural program “Project Phalanstère” consisted of a series of site-specific artworks in the Parisian suburbs. Taking place from 2003 to 2014, these projects developed a creative space extended in time. In contrast with the duration of the work schedule where one task follows another, the simultaneity of life’s forces asserted its rhythm. This book proposes to adopt a new syntax. It does not simply call for a renewal of the terminology used in the field of contemporary art programming. Its syntax has taken shape by progressively building on the complex materiality of artworks in and around a specific place and over an extended time. More than one hundred black and white images of the numerous installations open the volume, followed by the individual artworks sequenced in order of nature and location while being annotated to place each work within a larger cultural context, and ending with a detailed timeline. Contributors include Atelier van Lieshout, Maurizio Cattelan, VIER5, Lois Weinberger, and many others.
7 ½ x 10 in. / 268 pp / 1,401 b&w
Retail Price: $34.00