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I Spy! – Exploring Playful Architecture within the City

22 June 2023

19:00 -21:00

A panel discussion around something we all share- a sense of play - and how key advocates for Playful Design have taken that forward with their playful Architecture!

Over the past few years, we have seen a rise in Playful Architecture; disrupting the status quo of the architecture world. Often referred to as Maximalism, The New Postmodern, or Memphis Revival; Playful Architecture, due in part to its ambiguity and subjective nature of play to the building user; has proven hard to rigidly define, instead, being felt in its universal joy-giving qualities. Often characterised by its bold use of colour, pattern and materials; and daring use of shapes and symbols; incorporation of stories and references to popular culture; and elements of surprise and humour; Playful Architecture has become a favourite among many young architecture practices, many of which are based in our Capital. Despite its rising popularity, in the socially charged and often publicly funded world of architecture, the movement is rife with stigma; with Playful Architecture often being seen as only acceptable when designing space for children or behind closed doors in homes for eccentric clients.

Based around a panel discussion with some of the key advocates for Playful Architecture we ask - What’s in the water in London? What do these practices have In Common in their approach to creating Playful Architecture and why are they championing it?

- Charles Holland
- Kevin Haley
- Megan Charnley
- Tomas Klassnik
- Gill Lambert from AOC (TBC)

This event is sponsored by the Manchester School of Architecture.

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£7 for professionals, £5 students/unemployed/low income


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Carma Masson, Playground

Twitter: @Playground
Instagram: @playgrounddesignstudio

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Image: Chris Lacey


The Building Centre,

The Building Centre, Store Street, London

The Building Centre is within walking distance of several mainline railway stations. Euston (15 mins), King’s Cross / St Pancras (25 mins), Charing Cross (23 mins).

Nearest station: Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road, Warren Street


Wheelchair accessible
Level Access and Automatic Doors (or No Doors)
Assistance dogs welcome
Accessible toilet
Assistive listening / enhancement system

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