How to Play the Environment Game

Yat Shun Kei

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This paper looks at a 1973 exhibition, How to Play the Environment Game, as a rare collaboration between the Arts Council, the architectural profession and community groups. Curated by the architect Theo Crosby, the exhibition capitalised on the contemporaneous debates on preservation and the ecological
crisis, in order to launch fervent attacks on large-scale speculative real-estate development. This paper will examine how the curator negotiated with the interests of the various parties involved in the exhibition and created a temporary space for an antagonistic cooperation. Looking at a moment when the concern for architectural preservation and environmentalism overcame political divides, this paper will investigate the problem of consensus in the production of architectural discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMediations
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference Proceedings
EditorsAdrien Friend, Cathy Jones, Karolina Raczynska, Saba Golchehr, Rosa Ainley
PublisherRoyal College of Art
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-1-910642-18-4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2016
EventMediations: Art & Design Agency and Participation in Public Space - Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Nov 201622 Nov 2016


Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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