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Urban Play as a ‘Social Interstice’: On a Micro-intervention Involving a Mobile Game Device

  • Luc LévesqueEmail author
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Part of the Urban and Landscape Perspectives book series (URBANLAND, volume 14)

Abstract

In the image of an urbanised world that is more and more elusive, public space can hardly today be reduced to a defined and permanent typology. Between the evanescence of the new electronic agoras and the enduring settings of traditional urban plazas, a form of public space that is at once nomadic, dynamic and circumstantial can virtually infiltrate itself everywhere. This constantly evolving public space would hypothetically constitute a fluctuating and interstitial constellation that could activate the existing urban framework. In this perspective, play is a promising tactic to reactivate the urban ‘living together’ at a microscale.

In the context of the research programme ‘Temporary Urban Interstices’ carried out by Constantin Petcou and a team of other researchers, the urban exploration workshop SYN- develops, in the La Chapelle neighbourhood in Paris, an intervention that addresses at a small scale the notions of public space and ‘living together’ in the city. The intervention is simple: to set in motion a nomadic and playful device – a mobile football table – as a vector of circumstantial and relational micro-activations. This device proves to be a remarkable catalyst for social interactions.

Keywords

Action Micro-intervention Mobile game device Transitional space Heterotopia Territorial intimacy Interhuman relationships Intermediate area Relational art Situationists Conviviality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.History and Theory of Architectural PracticesUniversité LavalQuebec CityCanada

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