The Playce network (play+space) is a Finland-based international network for educators that work in the field of architecture education for children and young people. This book compiles the presentations that were held at the first Playce seminar in Jyväskylä in 2005. The seminar and the book were produced under the auspices of the Alvar Aalto Academy.
The book contains articles from the following authors: Pauline von Bonsdorff, Guja Dögg Hauksdottir, Laurent Tardieu, Dariusz Šmiechowski, Mie Svennberg, Rosie Parnell, Hannes Hubrich, Ewa Struzynska and Teija Isohauta. The introductions are by Esa Laaksonen, the Director of the Alvar Aalto Academy, and Jaana Räsänen, architect and the national coordinator of architecture education in Finland. The articles present case studies of architecture education in various countries, discuss national differences in architectural policies and give practical tips for engaging children and young people to become active participants in the development of the built environment.
From the experiential point of view, architecture is something about us humans, our physical and mental needs, all our senses, measures and activities. It’s about door handles that fit perfectly into our hands, and benches that feel comfortable to sit on; favourite places that correspond to our soul. It’s about spaces that surround us, rooms for different purposes, open and closed, dark and light. It’s about houses, apartments, homes for family life and privacy. It’s about public buildings and space as meaningful meeting places, gathering us by art, religion and politics. It’s about the everyday environment: safe walking routes and quick bus connections, offices, schools and shopping centres. It’s about villages and cities born of different places in different circumstances showing us the history of the community in a built form. It’s about our home region, home country, national and local identity and the national landscape that makes us feel us. And it’s about different cultures around the world, different ways of dwelling on earth.
— Jaana Räsänen, Architecture education in Finland: Architecture – Art and everyday experiences. In Playce, p. 18–19.
The pre-owned copies in stock are in relatively good condition. There may be one or two markings on the pages, but otherwise, the covers and the pages are clean and tidy.