TEDxColumbus - Ann Pendleton-Jullian - 10/20/09





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Published on Nov 16, 2009

"Design through Gaming"

In two interviews Marcel Duchamp discussed his obsession for the game of chess. He characterized the game as a visual, plastic thing, one which is not geometrical in the static sense of the word (but) is a sort of mechanics, since it moves. Lewis Carroll used an eleven move game of chess as the underlying structure of the narrative for Through the Looking Glass, explicitly organizing the movements of his characters, their spatial and dramatic interrelationships, and even character development through the logic of the game play.

Architects and designers of buildings, cities and landscapes or systems and institutions even work within physical and cultural sites in which value and meaning exist as embedded entities. As embedded entities, they are manifest in matter (material and the form it takes) and energy (systems of interaction and exchange of people, things, information), both of which may already be in play or exist as potential. To realize that which is potential within a complex and changing system of meaning, material, and exchange requires the ability to approach the problem as an interconnected fabric of definitions, frames, constraints, and opportunities, and to work (or play) within this fabric, making meaningful form emerge.

Anns talk will look at how game design was used in several architectural design studios to sponsor a way of working on problems in this manner; and how there is an operational transfer tacit in nature of cognitive and heuristic skills that occurs when game design (and play) is used as a set-up for design what the students have termed a re-wiring.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


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