January 28, 2016

HYEREE KWAK (M.Arch I ’18)

JACK LIPSON (M.Arch I ’18)


In a school of architecture, all hours are consumed by work as we tend to eagerly fill every free time with obsessive production. Where does Play fit into this loop? Playfulness has in many ways become an aesthetic extension or a concept used to merely describe and represent the intentions of Work. Play, in our field, falls under Work. Can we rethink the relationship between the two through Alan Watts’ as he says, “the real secret of life [is] to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” Play is structure with chaos, framework with curiosity, architectural whimsy within the conventions. Play is used to engage and used to escape; both as modes of experimentation and competition — there is a rooted sense of freedom unlocked within its promise. Rudolph Hall, arguably the most dominant and imposing structure on campus, yet once cracked open, a swirling mass of energy, ideas and chipboard bounces within these walls, a world of play.