The Fun Palace

Fun Palace l Cedric Price l 1961

The premise of the project was to create a space that enabled user interaction and participation, both in spatial organization and use. Price’s ambitious scheme called for a “kit of parts”, which included everything from structure to prefabricated floor and wall panels.    Every aspect of the space had the ability to be reconfigured by the user, an anticipatory architecture, designed to incorporate multiple scales of change.  The goal was to create an environment that was responsive to user needs in a formal way.  The “kit of parts” enabled quick on-site construction, a form of prefabrication that allowed for site and user specific constructions.  Each kit would be composed of the same elements, but based on user need, could be composed in a multitude of ways.
Response and Intended Use:
One of the most intriguing aspects of this proposal was the level of responsiveness of the system as a whole and as individual elements. By not becoming limited by function and program, the design becomes less form dependent and more about the evolution of a system.  The “kit of parts” provides the opportunity for the form and formwork to be reconceived in a non traditional way.  What this “kit” is composed of and how it can be exploited in  terms of form and formwork is becomes the primary question. In terms of Price’s ambitions, each element is subject to change, so designing with the understanding of that level of interaction somehow has to be registered in the construction of the kit.  The “kit” becomes the formwork,but it also becomes apart of the final space.
Key Concepts:
 Temporary                                                                                                                                                                                            User Participation                                                                                                                                                                                  Self Organization                                                                                                                                                                                        Kit Of Parts
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