052-0562-00L  Territories of Play - Surveying Architecture Through Gaming (FS)

SemesterFrühjahrssemester 2021
DozierendeF. Charbonnet, P. Heiz
Periodizitätjedes Semester wiederkehrende Veranstaltung
KommentarThis course (with "00L" at the end) can only be passed once. Please check before signing up!

KurzbeschreibungThis seminar will challenge students to take a complementary look onto the built environment through the lenses of Gaming, focusing on specific episodes in order to draw relations between the notions of Play/Game, Society and Architecture.
LernzielThe seminar addresses a way of perceiving reality which has become key, with the gaming industry reaching unforeseen volumes in output and sales, as well as gaming theories sitting at the core of general social and financial strategies and policies. Besides offering students steady footing on the makings of an architectural publication, by confronting students with key texts and voices in the past and present of gaming theory and praxis, the seminar will provide them with a complementary tool with which to approach architecture and urbanism.
InhaltFrom Game Theory to Dices, touching Go, Hide-and-seek or Sims, a multitude of games and acts of play will serve as standing points for the perception and re-reading of the functioning of societies and the built environments these give rise to. The seminar will be structured into three distinct moments:
An in-depth introduction to the theoretical frame of the seminar through three lectures; by a game designer, by an architectural historian or architect, and by the seminar's tutor. Key theoretical works and authors - Jesse Schell, Johan Huizinga and Katie Salen & Eric Zimmerman - will thus be presented and analyzed, hinting at possible bridges to a critical analysis of architecture and the built environment through its decomposition into Mechanics, Aesthetics, Narrative and Technology, the four pillars of game design. A moment of individual work when students will be invited to select a game, dissect it according to the theoretical input previously received, and select a key aspect of it. This key aspect will in turn be used as lenses through which students should analyze and question their reality, a milieu of their own choice: from the spaces and urban situations formulating their daily routine in the city, to their hometown or fetish city. From this analysis, a visual -drawings and images- and written essay presenting and defending their hypothesis of reading of their milieu through gaming should emerge. The writing will be conducted mostly during the seminar's attendance time. And a final moment when students are to produce a ludic publication compiling the classes' essays into an accessible survey.