Children and Elders’ Games

Master of Architecture
Semester 1, 2020

Studio leader(s)

  • Ciro Márquez

"what is learned as a game.” Desiderius Erasmus, The Usefulness of the Colloquies, 1526

By the middle of the sixteenth-century concerns over the conduct and education of children converged with interest in their play. In 1560 Pieter Bruegel the Elder painted Children’s Games, an oil-on-panel presenting more than two hundred children playing over eighty different games. The studio aims to explore contemporary forms of playing and reflect on the notion of “playground” in our society using this painting as a conceptual background.

Students are expected to question the forms of leisure segregated by age working along three-axis or dimensions: (1) the user (children and elders in collusion), (2) the program (traditional and contemporary games) and (3) the space (vertical, horizontal and oblique playgrounds); the studio aims to support the city centre as an inclusive residential space.

Together with the Studies Unit, Open Secrets, the studio will seek to explore some design methodologies and procedures based on mathematical principles and  geometrical concepts. It will focus on the relationships between mathematics, art and architecture, linking the three subjects in the design studio.