An Exhibition Explores Architecture’s Playful Side

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“Beneath the pavement, the beach!” The infamous phrase scrawled onto a Parisian wall during the 1968 uprising comes to mind as one enters Architects at Play at Brussels’ CIVA architecture gallery. The show, which finishes this week, surveys the role of imaginative world-building, games, and spaces of play through architectural history. It highlights projects which take a childlike or surrealist view of the world, like the psychogeographic drawings and maps of Constant Nieuwenhuys or Guy Debord which inspired that uprising. But it also begins in a sandpit. “At the opening there was sand everywhere,” explains Cédric Libert, one of the curators of the show and a director at CIVA…

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