22 January 2018. 18.00pm – 20.30pm
The Building Centre, Store Street, London WC1
Chair: Steve Williamson, Happold Foundation
Cristophe Egret – Studio Egret West
Foucan Free Running Academy
Emily Scoones – Eton Fives Association
Jane Wernick – Engineers HRW
Christian Spencer-Davis – Amodels
Professor Ian Borden – UCL Bartlett (author of Skateboarding, Space and the City)
Cities are generally becoming more planned and controlled but we love those, often unplanned, playful spaces where the population can indulge in often marginal activities with very little administrative and commercial control.
Examples of this include: Skateboarding and rollerblading; recreational cycling from Regents Park to Dunwich Dynamo, park games such as frisbee and rounders; climbing and running – parkour ; ‘wall’ sports such as handball and fives; rivers, docks, lakes and ponds for swimming and watersports; urban cricket; basketball, and games that are invented to fit the particular place.
Do cities need to create more opportunities for these activities to happen? Can they be planned and can we make them both attractive and safe at the same time? Do these places and activities need to be protected? How can they be valued to keep the formal development at bay?
We have invited a number ‘players’ to describe the activities and places that make up their playful city. We want to find out what makes them attractive and successful. We will explore in conversation the importance of these ‘discovered’ playful activities to the life of the city and wellbeing of its citizens. Contributors include Christophe Egret – Studio Egret West, Sebastien Foucan – Foucan Free Running Academy, Emily Scoones – Eton Fives Association, Jane Wernick – Engineers HRW (swimming), Christian Spencer-Davis – Amodels (cycling/ frisbee), Professor Ian Borden – UCL Bartlett (author of Skateboarding, Space and the City).
Those attending will be invited to suggest their own place or activity in the Playful City.