Rewind on imagining future cities through drama and design
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Citation:Wake, S.J. (2020). Rewind on imagining future cities through drama and design. In Ali Ghaffarianhoseini (Ed.), Imaginable Futures: Design Thinking and Scientific Method :54th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA) 2020, Auckland University of Technology (pp. 935-945). Retrieved from https://www.asa2020.net/
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/5331
It is asserted that people in first world countries have become consumed by ‘things’ and ‘wants’, rather than ‘needs.’ This mindset has been challenged by the Covid-19 pandemic, as we have experienced a reduced existence from ‘normal’, without travel, shopping malls, restaurants/cafes, sport, social gatherings, libraries, pools and, especially for children, playgrounds. These ‘things’ have turned out to be ‘non-essential’ as people’s safety is prioritized, which has led to some creative alternatives for play and amusement. As we emerge into a post-Covid-19 alert level world, this paper proposes that we need to reconsider what children ‘need’ from their city, given that many public amenities were recently off-limits, as unsafe. It does this by re-visiting a recent design project that focused on using children’s imagined ideas for improving future Auckland, generated through drama. Following a description of the performance art project, which involved local schoolchildren, and an outline of the data collection process, the paper re-evaluates the data and its interpretation into design moves, that were done by a Masters student. Critiquing a previous project, in light of new information, highlights the importance of designing with flexibility and ‘use affordance’ when creating enduring and sustainable public spaces that capture the imagination of children.