Next Monday I'll be at Soares dos Reis School of Arts in Porto for a brief conference about Architectural toys. This event is insert in a large commemoration of 130 years of that School and will be one more opportunity to spread my work for younger people.
This time I'll talk mostly about the relationship between the design studio exercise, that is a characteristic of all art courses, and the idea of play. Indeed play is an action quite close to the design process in a school context because it is under simulated and controlled circumstances too. Behind that play is, as design studio teaching, a reduction of complexity and it is restricted in a certain space and time (following the famous Huizinga theory about play as explained in his book Homo Ludens). Toys are powerful devices in order to educate young children, through play, for the creation as an uncertain and heuristics thinking route, as design thinking is.