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PLAY in the CITY: Parkour and Architecture

Part 2 Dissertation 2011
Christopher Rawlinson
Queensland University of Technology Brisbane | Australia
The ability to play freely in our cities is essential for sustainable wellbeing. When integrated successfully into our cities, Urban Play performs an important role;physically, socially and culturally contributing to the image of the city. Play also has the ability to reveal hidden. While Urban Play is essential, it also finds itself in conflict with the city. Under modernist urban approaches play activities have become progressively segregated from the urban context through a tripartite of design, procurement and management practices. Despite these restrictions, emergent underground play forms overcome the isolation of play within urban space. One of these activities (parkour) is used as an evocative case study to reveal the hidden urban terrains of desire and fear as it re-interprets the fabric of the city, eliciting practice based discussions about procurement, design and management practice along its route.
Christopher Rawlinson

Mirko Guaralda
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