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Play Place : An agonistic intervention for Vancouver City Hall Reindl, Stefan


The City of Vancouver’s new Department of Agonistics has its sights set on Helena Gutteridge Plaza. Combining the theories of Chantal Mouffe on agonistic public space with the writings of Johan Huizinga on the play-element of human culture, the Department of Agonistics provides a new model for diagnosing and treated failed public spaces. By embracing the playground as a model for agonistic social infrastructure, this project aims to return spaces such as Helena Gutteridge Plaza to the public as sites for spontaneity, expression, and togetherness so that the participatory nature of urban life can be realized and counter-hegemonic narratives may emerge.

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