"Play" meaning in various ways, including playing like an infant, having fun with friends, indulging in drinks or gambling, taking breaks between work and study, having leeway to things, seeking beauty in literature and art isolated from the secular world, and giving space to machinery part connection.
In any case, it is like a source to life, an act full of humanity contrary to pursuing functionality and rationality.
In Homo Ludens, written by Johan Huizinga, “Culture has occurred and developed as play in play,” “play has a significant meaning in life, and that it has an inevitable mission,” “nature has given us play with tension, joy, and fun.”
Think of living in "Play" which may said to be the essence of human activities.
"Play" could expand the possibilities in our lives and may give us hints on future life.
We look forward to your proposals.
To think more and more about play, strange feeling occurs that it underlies deeply in us human beings. Focusing on play in the modern society may be good or may be well to thinking of the unchanging play mankind has been doing for decades. Looking forward to seeing proposals of architecture or space approaching to the essence of play.
― Ryue Nishizawa
The boundaries between work and play are becoming limitlessly ambiguous. If more and more technology releases humanity from routine work, it will likely become so more. When there is not a definite purpose, how does the conscious increase concentration toward happiness, pleasure, or anything fully interesting. What kind of space can be created by the mysterious attraction of play?
― Akihisa Hirata
"Play" has the aspect of freedom, but on the other hand there are also "Play" that cannot be established without rules, such as baseball or soccer.
R. Caillois called the ambiguous nature of Play as Pidia (freedom) and Rudus (rule) and also found four “forms”, Mimicry (mimesis), Ilinx (vertigo), Agon (competition) and Alea (chance).
If you find the vague word "Play" difficult to handle, you can maybe refer to the analysis of such predecessors. Awaiting to see strict and serious “Play”.
― Yasutaka Yoshimura
In Homo Ludens Huizinga describes play as the turning of seriousness. But today, every play is seemed to be crafted into something subtly useful, and it seems to be occupied by play-like seriousness. Regarding play, Huizinga seems to focus on real human activity instead of fantasy and now when all is filled with seriousness, what seems to be needed to defeat it is a “Shatter Seriousness”.
― Tatsuya Hatori
In 1988, a car advertisement which said “Ku-Neru-Asobu.” became popular in Japan. It was said that “Asobu” (Play) was added to the traditional Japanese rakugo story “KU-NERU-TOKORO-NI-SUMU-TOKORO” (places to eat, sleep and places to live). At the time while the Emperor Showa was worried about his illness and health condition, and the mood of self-restraint, TV commercials with lines were considered inappropriate and the sound was erased while only the subtitles remained. It may be an opportunity to doubt easy empathy to think about "Play" in a society that is again in the mood of voluntary self-restraint.
― Ryuji Fujimura
In the Analects of Confucius, "Aspire to the path of duty, follow the virtue, play in arts.” Since ancient times, enjoying the culture of Rikugei (Six Arts) has been a taste of true personality. While the development of civilization, the concept of "Play" in "Six arts", has also changed. Creative ideas seem to be born with “Play” in peace of mind. Expecting to see creative interpretation of "Play" in the modern times.
― Yukihiro Sohdai
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Professor at Yokohama National University, Y-GSA (Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture) SANAA, Office of Ryue Nishizawa
|1966||Born in Tokyo, Japan|
|1990||Master’s degree from Yokohama National University|
|1995||Established SANAA with Kazuyo Sejima|
|1997||Established Office of Ryue Nishizawa|
|2010||Professor at Yokohama National University, Y-GSA (Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture)|
|2004||Golden Lion at the 9th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia|
|2010||The Pritzker Architecture Prize|
Professor at Kyoto University, Akihisa Hirata Architecture office
|1971||Born in Osaka, Japan|
|1994||Bachelor’s degree from Kyoto University|
|1997||Master’s degree from Kyoto University, Graduate School|
|Worked at Toyo Ito ＆ Associates, Architects|
|2005||Established Akihisa Hirata Architecture office|
|2015||Associate Professor at Kyoto University|
|2018||Professor at Kyoto University|
|2012||Golden Lion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia|
|2018||The MuranoTogo Prize: Art Museum ＆ Library, OTA|
Professor at Waseda University
|1972||Born in Aichi, Japan|
|1995||Bachelor’s degree from Waseda University|
|1997||Master’s degree from Waseda University|
|Worked at MVRDV (Rotterdam, NL)|
|2005||Established Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects Inc.|
|2013||Professor at the I-AUD, Meiji University|
|2018||Professor at Waseda University|
|2014||Annual Prize of AIJ: Nakagawa Office|
|2016||WADA Award: Fukumasu Base|
General Manager, Design Section of Architectural Design Department, Nikken Sekkei LTD
|1973||Born in Gunma, Japan|
|1996||Bachelor’s degree from Musashi Industrial University (current Tokyo City University)|
|1998||Master’s degree from Musashi Industrial University (current Tokyo City University)|
|1998||Nikken Sekkei LTD|
|Currently||Director, Design Section of Architectural Design Department|
|2008||JIA Young Architect Award: Jimbocho Theater Building|
|2014||AIJ Prize 2014, Architectural Design Division: Sony City Osaki|
Associate Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts, RFA
|1976||Born in Tokyo, Japan|
|2000||Bachelor's degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology|
|2002||Master’s degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology|
|Beriage Institute, Rotterdam|
|Doctoral course, Tokyo Institute of Technology Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Architecture and Building Engineering|
|2005||Established Ryuji Fujimura Architects (RFA)|
|2010||Full-time lecturer at Toyo University|
|2016||Associate Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts|
|2016||Selected Architectural Designs Young Architects Award: House HOUSE|
|2016||Selected Architectural Designs Young Architects Award: Facility for Ecology Education (Collaborative Piece)|