Nexus Network Journal

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 5–8 | Cite as

Beyond Homo Ludens: Architecture and Mathematics

  • Michael J. Ostwald
  • Kim Williams
Letter from the Editor


This ‘Letter from the Editors’ introduces two theories about the role of play in culture and society. Drawing on the work of Roger Caillois, the editors identify two types of play, broadly aligning each to the concerns and approaches taken in the two parts of this issue of the Nexus Network Journal. Thereafter, they introduce the papers that make up the second part of vol. 20, no. 1 (2018).


Homo ludens Architectural design Design concepts Geometry Proportions Diagrid systems Planar elements Topological cubes 


  1. Huizinga, Johan (1944) Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture. Switzerland: Routledge.Google Scholar
  2. Caillois, Roger (1961) Man, Play and Games. Chicago. University of Illinois Press.Google Scholar

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© Kim Williams Books, Turin 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Architecture and Built EnvironmentThe University of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  2. 2.Kim Williams BooksTurinItaly

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