“Tokyo Playground: The Urbanism of Play in Everyday Human Experience”

Please join us on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the Japan Foundation Headquarters for the presentation from one of our 2016-2017 Japan Foundation Research Fellows on the subject of “Tokyo Playground: The Urbanism of Play in Everyday Human Experience.” In this presentation, Alice Covatta (University of Udine, Italy) will be talking about her research on the concept of urbanism of play, and its impact to our daily lives and urban design.

Date and Time Thursday, December 14, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Venue The Japan Foundation Headquarters
Seminar room 1, 9th floor, 4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Access Map
Tel. +81-(0)3-5369-6071)
(3-minute walk from Yotsuya-sanchome [Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line])
Language In English (no interpretation).
Capacity 30 seats
Registration Free admission but registration required. To sign up, please send your name,
e-mail address, and occupation by e-mail with the subject line "JF Fellow Seminar: Tokyo Playground" to JF_Fellowship@jpf.go.jp by Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
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Program
Presentation
Tokyo Playground: The Urbanism of Play in Everyday Human Experience”
Playful space defined in an urban setting refers to subcategories of social space where activities and movements are carried on by the players, and play is all about qualities of human experience of the space, such as fun, relaxation or escape. Some urban realities have developed a layer of playfulness that stimulates new ways of interaction between user behavior, city and architecture. Borders between reality and un-reality are challenged, as the lecture triggers the concept of urbanism of play as a encompassing term for settings that provide playfulness, and it codifies and adds nuance to our understanding with a two-fold frame of reference: firstly, it provides an updated overview of the existing theoretical framework for the study of architecture and urban design intertwined with playfulness. Secondly, it performs an in-depth analysis of some urban environment and Tokyo metropolis as a paradigmatic case study. What is the impact of playfulness in our urban environment and in our daily lives? How much can play be emphasized in architecture and urban design?
Speaker
Alice Covatta, Research Assistant. University of Udine, Italy
Affiliation: Keio University

[Contact Us]

The Japan Foundation
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchanges Department
Europe, Middle East and Africa Section
Person in charge: Harada (Ms.)
TEL: +81-(0)3-5369-6071
E-mail:JF_Fellowship@jpf.go.jp
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