Brian Corrigan, an independent creative strategist, talks passionately about his idea of the "power of play" and its ability to transform cities into positive places. Through his past, most recent, and future projects, he puts this idea into action in order to help communities to be more creative and reimagine new futures.
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The Importance of Play
BY CHRISTINA HUG
@ VOL 28
ON JAN 21, 2014
Afer living in San Fransisco for three years, Christina Hug returned to Toronto and founded The Makers Nation, an organization to coalescing the art, tech, design, and maker communities in cities around the world to meet, collaborate, learn and make things.
It took her by surprise when only kids showed up at "Battle Bot Royal", the first event she put together for adults to use machinaries to make moterized robots
Since that expereince, she has a new mission - to encourage adults to play more. She wants to offer the perspective that how work and play can complement each other.
"Presentation of the Day" on March 18, 2014.
Innovation through Play
BY MOUNA ANDRAOS
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH
ON APR 01, 2014
Co-founder at Daily Tous Les Jours Mouna Andraos shows us several of her interactive design studio's delightful projects; all of which involve creating spaces for people to come together, play, and collaborate. From giant, 100-person sing-along installations, to swings that play notes as you swing back and forth, these projects transform the way citizens interact with their cities and one another.
"Presentation of the Day" on June 12, 2014.
Life as a Digital Designer
BY HAZEL SAVAGE
@ VOL 6
ON SEP 19, 2014
Harnessing the Power of Play
BY MICHAEL ANOP
“Bureaucracy is not very fun, so… at first they decided to turn a blind eye towards what we were doing. [Eventually] the government’s blind eye [realized that it] liked what we were doing. The ministry of education started reaching out to us and asking ‘hey, can you help us rebuild the playgrounds at our schools’”
From PechaKucha Night Tokyo’s recent "Powered by PechaKucha: Tohoku 2020: Building a sustainable Post-3/11 Future" comes Harnessing the Power of Play by Michael Anop. Whilst volunteering in disaster-affected Tohoku communities, Anop came to realize that many parks and school playgrounds had been destroyed by the 3/11 tsunami. Because local government was simply overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster, repairing parks would take 3 to 5 years. Working together with corporate sponsors, community leaders and city halls, Playground of Hope has built 43 playground in Tohoku.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016.
Konnekt and Social Enterprise
BY JOB JANSWEIJER
@ VOL 16
ON JUL 06, 2016
Job Jansweijer designed a game with which children in isolation in hospitals still can play with other kids. They can play different sorts of games that can be applied to the glass windows between them and the rest of the world. Job will share his vision on social entrepreneurship and how to design something that serves the need of people.
Play in Public Spaces
BY CATTYWAMPUS PUPPET COUNCIL
@ VOL 21
ON NOV 17, 2016
The Cattywampus Puppet Council, which is a Knoxville based nonprofit seeking to build community and promote play for all ages through the puppetry arts. This spring, Cattywampus will organize and facilitate the Appalachian Puppet Pageant, Knoxville’s first community puppet parade. This project will invite members of the community of all ages and backgrounds to come together and create puppets, masks, and costumes rooted in local ecology and stories of “place.” As an act of public play and storytelling, this parade will celebrate the culture of love, creativity, and mutual dependence we wish to create in Southern Appalachia.
The Importance of Free Play
BY KAREN KATZ
@ VOL 28
ON JUN 24, 2016
Karen Katz has 18 years of experience developing and designing exhibits. Her BA in Anthropology and MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design earned her the position as the Director of Exhibits for the Cleveland Children's Museum. But it was her experience as a parent that taught her the importance of free play which amplified her ability to design truly impactful exhibits for children.
Inclined to Play
BY KATHLEEN GIBI
@ VOL 23
ON MAY 11, 2017
With rising obesity rates nationwide, experts are seeking solutions that can survive competing in Americans’ increasingly jam-packed schedules. Kathleen Gibi discusses how a local Knoxville committee answered a national challenge to incorporate play opportunities into existing city infrastructure so that children can “play along the way” in their daily lives.
With just a small $25,000 grant, the committee generated the start of an initiative called “Knoxville Slides,” where Knoxville’s hilly terrain is used as an asset—rather than a challenge—to create embankment slides. The end result of the pilot project produced an unanticipated amount of attention in the community.
Play-worker, a Day in the Life
BY PETER OLSON
@ VOL 6
ON OCT 27, 2017
According to Fred Rogers, "play is really the work of childhood." For many of us, play is for children and work is for grown-ups, but what happens when you grow up and find yourself working at play for a living? As a 15-year industry veteran, Peter Olson will share an insider’s perspective on a day in the life of a Play Worker.