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March 01-04, 2018

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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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"What Are They Doing Out There? Recreational War in the Suburbs"

Friday, March 27 - 2:00PM to 2:45PM

Due to the large scale of suburban construction projects, it
is easy to acquire surplus building materials such as concrete
forms, corrugated sewer pipes and cable spools. Since the 1990s,
suburban recreational entrepreneurs have used such raw materials
to transform interstitial scruff into playing fields for various
war games, like paintball. These self-taught architects design
scenario fields for battles set in WWII, Vietnam, Iraq, gang wars
and video games such as Halo. This project, called Play War, is
an extension of a previous project, Play Nature, in which I documented
early 20th century tourist attractions that were based on
the natural environment.

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