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TOY CORNERS

Week
WEEK 1
Date
17–23 Jul 2022
Theme
Wood: Archive of the lost forest
Tutors
Izaskun Chinchilla Moreno (ES)
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When children play, they introduce content into the context: their surroundings take on symbolic value. The meaning associated with the place depends on the players’ actions. Playgrounds should be sequences of open stimuli that accompany the movements of families and to which children give meaning, either on their own or in a horizontal interaction with one another and with adults.

Toy Corners will explore the possibility of introducing games in Pillnitz Park & Palace. Students will design site specific games for urban corners of their choice. One to one material devices will be fabricated and tested within context. The main fabrication and design material will be timber. Students will be invited to explore and analyse different sorts of games in class, such as: puppets, doll houses, action toys. Selected works and pieces from the Kunstgewerbemuseum collection will serve the workshop as critical inspiration for the conception and manufacture of the games.

One goal of the workshop is to review and deconstruct the way these objects are showcased in the museum. A secondary goal is connecting the games they have integrated in the park with the interior of the museum, generating playful itineraries for citizens and observers of all ages. The program will look at Semper’s integrated view of universality’ by approaching materiality though technique, craftsmanship, and industries that shape the devices we use to play and how they are integrated in both the park and the museum as a fundamental public space.

Izaskun Chinchilla Moreno (ES)

Izaskun Chinchilla Moreno, Ph.D. Architecture, is a Professor of Architectural Practice at the Bartlett School of Architecture (University College of London). She is an International Honorary Fellow with the Royal Society of British Architects (RIBA). Since 2001, she has run her own studio, Izaskun Chinchilla Architects, in Madrid.

An accomplished architect, scholar, and speaker, she has exhibited, lectured, and received professional accolades all over the world. She has a long and deep experience in research, education, and public engagement. Her research project The Structure of the Ecological Revolution in Architecture” has taken her to Columbia University in New York, Ecole de Mines de Paris, Princeton University in New Jersey, and the Institut d ´Arquitectura Avancada de Catalunya in Barcelona as a visiting scholar. In 2012, she was awarded a Public Engagement fellowship from University College of London.

As an architect, she believes that her profession should be firmly committed to innovation. In her projects she proposes multidisciplinary exercises in which, through ecology, sociology, or science, architecture distances itself from stylistic discourse and reconnects with the complexity of life in the contemporary world.

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Izaskun Chinchilla Moreno (ES)