• Fun

    Finding a Fun House: What makes a place fun?

    by  • March 17, 2009 • Architecture, Fun • 0 Comments

    (This is an excerpt from a longer argument building a description of fun and linking it to the much more explored subject of play.) On face value the question rings true. Some places do seem more fun than others and wondering "What makes a place fun?" is equivalent to asking: "Where is a fun place we...

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    Fun and Games with Architecture

    by  • February 20, 2009 • Architecture, Fun • 0 Comments

    Some recent links sifted from the great shifting data mass of the Interwebs: Electronic Playgrounds http://www.physorg.com/news109517949.html  What happens when an international playground equipment maker decides to go digital? i.play is supposed to blend together the fun of videogames with the physical activity of a playground. To my mind, what this really does is drastically...

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    Tilt-Shift for Dummies

    by  • January 8, 2009 • Fun • 0 Comments

    OK, the tilt-shift technique–the one that makes real photos look like shots of miniature models by way of manipulating the depth of field–may be the fad of the moment. But it also points a finger at just how delicate our grasp of media is in a much more profound way. Without much effort, we can fool the...

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    Architects Just Wanna Have Fun

    by  • December 19, 2008 • Architecture, Fun • 0 Comments

    I can only imagine what kind of wild parties star architects throw. At least, they give the impression of having a really good time with their amusing structures designed to mask their obvious playfulness with somber theorizing and mannered justifications. Still, I figure the vast rank and file of environmental designers dream about weird, wild and kooky structures....

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    Unusual Buildings

    by  • December 9, 2008 • Architecture, Fun • 0 Comments

    Call them follies, flights of fancy or simply playful disruptions of more staid architectural design. Whatever the label, people continue to build idosynchratic structures that manage to express imagination, whimsy and fun above all else. The Village of Joy blog rounds up lists of all kinds of wonderment, from crazy ads to optical illusions....

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    Mid-Century Modern Gingerbread House

    by  • December 3, 2008 • Architecture, Fun • 0 Comments

    Hmm. Seems like this would be an obvious choice. Making gingerbread houses on modernism lines certainly provides a simple method for organizing regular graham cracker elements into recognizable shapes. But credit this creator for assembling the Eames Case study house as a seasonal, eatable decoration ! As it turns out, it works out pretty well...

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    Haunted Virtual Mansion

    by  • November 30, 2008 • Architecture, Fun • 0 Comments

    What do you get when you mash up the American historicist fantasy of the home with the haunted house house, destination leisure, videogames and an insatiable taste for post-modern irony? This: This video provides a walkthrough of a Counter-Strike mod simulating the famous recreation in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom of the equally famous original...

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    Public Art WTF? Part 2

    by  • November 10, 2008 • Art, Fun • 1 Comment

    Viewed from a distance, the pile of big read beans, or bags, on the east end of the 16th street pedestrian bridge, looks sort of like a pile of frosting or a Dr. Suess Christmas tree. Once you get closer, the color is a deep red that makes you think of blood and the limp elements...

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