This week during the Dutch Media Week, Professor Ben Schouten gave a media lecture on play and games in the context of 70 years of television in the Netherlands. He also paid attention to the publication Play for Empowerment. The New Role of Play in Society, which will be published by Jap Sam Books in 2022.Continue reading
Play the City & Jap Sam Books present 'The future of city gaming. Which games will help us to build the city of the future?'Continue reading
From 8 to 17 September 2017, the Flanders Architecture Institute will be presenting the first edition of the Festival of Architecture (F/a). For a ten-day period, visitors will be able to discover architecture in all its guises.Continue reading
In the West, we operate in a condition of interiority, an elaborate set of arrangements that are reflected in the built environment. These are the physical bases of the social contract, some of whose outcomes we might find unpalatable. There are realms within this condition where people become conscious of themselves in relation to their cities and others; and there are those in which this consciousness is sheltered, accommodated.
The public interior is the pre-eminent public environment in the contemporary city. It is the space that historically and presently frames and situates the public. The public interior is, all too often, an instrument for the inculcation of predictable behaviour: a realm of control geared towards the acceptance of a social, political or economic order, rather than a realm for enfranchisement, association, or political action. Mark Pimlott’s recent book ‘The Public Interior as Idea and Project’ (Jap Sam Books, 2016) looked at a range of possibilities for the public interior that have emerged through time, finding––among the interiors as machines to which we have become supplicants––spaces for the imagination, for heightened consciousness of the self, the other and the world, interiors that offer a kind of freedom. The motifs employed by interiors that encouraged the latter are offered as models for the contemporary condition.Continue reading