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Urban Play : Make-Believe, Technology, and Space

Urban Play : Make-Believe, Technology, and Space


 Why technology is most transformative when it is playful, and innovative spatial design happens only when designers are both tinkerers and dreamers.

In Urban Play, Fábio Duarte and Ricardo Álvarez argue that the merely functional aspects of technology may undermine its transformative power. Technology is powerful not when it becomes optimally functional, but while it is still playful and open to experimentation. It is through play--in the sense of acting for one's own enjoyment rather than to achieve a goal--that we explore new territories, create new devices and languages, and transform ourselves. Only then can innovative spatial design create resonant spaces that go beyond functionalism to evoke an emotional response in those who use them.

Product details

  •  Paperback | 224 pages
  •  152 x 229 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  •  MIT Press
  •  United States
  •  English
  •  39 black and white illustrations
  •  0262045346
  •  9780262045346

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