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The University of Southampton
Winchester School of Art

Play as a Design Tool Seminar

Kate Langham
16:00 - 17:30
1 March 2017
Harvard Suite (Room Number 3032), WSA

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Professor John Armitage at .

Event details

My PhD research has identified that there is a shift in attitude towards adult play. The study illustrates that play it not just a leisure activity but that play can and should be integrated into processes we once considered work. Play is being recognised as a compelling, engaging and powerful communication tool. Kane cites, ‘play will be to the 21st century what work was to the industrial age - our dominant way of knowing, doing and creating value’ (2004). Through my research I have developed a design model that incorporates a playful process as a method for gathering information to support the co-design of urban space. My methodology invites communities to design workshops at the master planning stage of the consultation process, meaning at an early stage of an urban design project, to model their ideal urban environments out of cakes, biscuits and sweets. The aim of the tool is to gather information and ideas by asking users (local communities) to play with the objects and create structures that represent future urban design proposals. This seminar focuses on two projects (undertaken in 2014 & 2016) that demonstrate the play as a design tool process.

Speaker information

Kate Langham, Senior Teaching Fellow, WSA. Kate Langham is a Senior Teaching Fellow on the MA Luxury Brand Management course at WSA. She is currently undertaking her PhD at Bath School of Art & Design researching Play as a Design Tool. Kate holds an MA from the University of Arts, London and has presented many papers at conferences and events within the UK and abroad. Kate is Creative Director at Langham Product Ltd, a product inventing company that has coordinated and launched Unirider, a new child transportation concept under the global brand Mountain Buggy. Previously Kate was Creative Director for Interface Europe Ltd, a US global leader in sustainable, premium textile floorcoverings. Working at Interface for over 10 years, she was responsible for the brand identity in EIMEA and led the global rebrand in 2007. Kate lives in Bath with her husband and three children.

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