Serious Fun. Architecture & Games
What can games and game mechanisms contribute to architecture and urban design?
> Exhibition Playing Architecture, Arcam 10 December 2022 until 28 May 2023
> This book completes a triptych about alternative forms of representation and communication in architecture and urban design
> Previously published Bricks & Balloons: Architecture in Comic-Strip Form (2012) en Spots in Shots: Narrating the Built Environment in Short Films (2018)
> Cover image by Zupagrafika
Serious Fun is about architecture and urban design games that have been conceived and created by architects, urban designers, artists and game developers since the end of the twentieth century – from doll’s houses to construction games and city building games, from SimCity to Block by Block.
The games are looked at from both a game technical and an architectural-critical point of view. As much attention is paid to the games themselves (the way they look, their construction and rules) as to their playing – in particular, to the space that players receive or take for their personal, spontaneous, unexpected and especially subversive moves and ideas. What perception of, and interaction with, the built environment do they express? What messages do the games communicate? How critical and innovative are the underlying concepts: Are stereotypes confirmed or broken? Do they address environmental and social issues? Serious Fun presents games and playfulness as serious tools for every architect and urban designer.
This book concludes a triptych about alternative forms of representation and communication in architecture and urban design.
ISBN 978-94-6208-689-0 | August 2022 | available | Melanie van der Hoorn | design: Joost Grootens | English | hardcover | 21,5 x 30 cm | 224 pages | illustrated (125 full color) | in conjunction with: Architekturzentrum Wien | with support from: Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie