Play and the Built Environment

I am attempting to better understand the relationship of play to creativity, innovation, and fulfillment. By investigating the linkages between play, flow states, improvisation, and the happiness found in using our best talents every day I hope to find insight into our creative abilities.

The ultimate goal is to proceed on a creative path that uncovers environmental elements that can be deployed in buildings, cities, public space, and public policy. 

Annotated Bibliography (Annotations in Progress)

Nachmanovitch, Stephen. Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art. New York, NY. Tarcher/Putnam. 1990.

An interview of Stephen Nachmanovitch about Free Play by Todd Henry on Accidental Creative.

Brief book review written for the AIA YAF Connection.

Sutton-Smith, Brian. The Ambiguity of Play. Boston, MA. Harvard University Pres. 2001.

Internet Resources (as of 11/20/2008)

Art Center Design Conference 2008, Serious Play at the Art Center College of Design
DESIGN THINKING; Thoughts by Tim Brown