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The Fun Palace : Cedric Price ’ s experiment in architecture and technology

  title={The Fun Palace : Cedric Price ’ s experiment in architecture and technology},
  author={Hobart and William Smith},
This article examines how in his influential 1964 Fun Palace project the late British architect Cedric Price created a unique synthesis of a wide range of contemporary discourses and theories, such as the emerging sciences of cybernetics, information technology, and game theory, Situationism, and theater to produce a new kind of improvisational architecture to negotiate the constantly shifting cultural landscape of the postwar years. The Fun Palace was not a building in any conventional sense… 

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