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Designer at @ MIT


Edwina Portocarrero obtained her PHD at MIT’s Media Lab, where she specialized in the design of hybrid physical/digital playgrounds. Living between analog and digital, hand crafted and mass produced; her work explores the ways in which objects and materials mediate and augment experience across contexts and cultures. Before joining MIT’s Media Lab, Edwina attended CALARTS (California Institute of the Arts), where she studied lighting design under the direction of Tony Award winner Donald Holder.

Designing for Play

  • Keynote
  • Thu 20 | 10:15h
  • Spanish
  • ES/EN

Play is so ubiquitous, natural and free that we have underestimated its power.  Free and universal, play is a powerful tool for engagement, integration, appropriation, and learning (rather than educating) and this makes play political. Play questions authority by letting us think and test alternatives to the social order’s status quo. Play is dangerous if set free since it lets us be, yet it can be highly profitable when its access is controlled. We need to reclaim play, for it is our best ally when it comes to learning who we are and how to cooperate, understand and respect one another.

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