people in places

Richard Sobey creates people-focussed interventions that test approaches to urban living.  He researches interdisciplinary urban design to inform policy decisions in place-making.  Richard is creating strategies, designing projects, developing policies and evaluating actions in the cultural, heritage and urban planning sectors internationally.   

"a force of energy with visionary ideas"  

Richard is Co-Founder and Joint Director of DELVE Associates enabling unusual connections for people, place and prosperity

projects Richard is working on

 

Richard is collaborating with artists, games developers and audiences.   Together, they are exploring the concept and design elements of a MMORT (massively multiplayer online real-time) strategy game and applying these to real world face to face performance ‘games’.... and watching what happens when people play.

Harlow Habitats:

Currently, Richard is collaborating with Sarah Spanton (www.waymarking.org.uk) as DELVE Associates to take Frederick Gibberd's Masterplan for the New Town as a starting point for exploring assets identifed with communities in Harlow.   They were at Heart4Harlow Festival in May 2016, mapping assets with a simple gaming mechanism.  The result were gfascinating and form the basis of next steps with an installation and strategy document.

 Harlow Habitats Conversation Game Mechanisms

Harlow Habitats Conversation Game Mechanisms

seek/hide: harlow

Richard is developing a permanently installed mixed reality heritage game for Harlow .    This project sees the creation of a performance game across Harlow that mixes digital assets with the Town's physical attributes.   It uses oral histories developed with young people, existing archive materials and specially created filmed performance to create a maze of social endeavours, pleasingly frustrating clues and challenging tasks that see players explore Harlow's social development… and its potential future.  

 connect who? where?     image:  vege

connect who? where?     image:  vege

 geolocate who? where?     image: richardsobey

geolocate who? where?     image: richardsobey

Tomorrow with some Yesterday, Today!   (© Richard Sobey 2016)

In order to get seriously playful with insurgent activity, Richard is planning a three day durational performance for urban spaces... and one for rural settings;   inhabit an open virtual world overlaying the real world.... let's see how many rules we can break and what new ones do for the public realm and what we think we can do in it.....

 image:  dmitrydesigner

image:  dmitrydesigner

and....

Richard is also seeing where ideas go for a mixed reality heritage experience he visioned for coastal areas for the Heritage Hub Network Project.  


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