Amag! Issue #2 (2013)
The AEO, or Architecture Exploration Origami, was created especially for Amag! Magazine, based in Helsinki, Findland. Taking the well-known form of a paper fortune teller (also known as a “cootie catcher” or, as we say in Montreal, a “coin-coin”), the AEO invites kids and adults alike to explore their environment. With the AEO anyone can investigate any space through sound, touch, body movements, and design challenges. The AEO encourages an interaction between the players and a site of their choice that otherwise may not occur. With this paper game participants are able to observe and analyze the space in a fun and collaborative way (or on their own!). The AEO was developed considering the following questions: How do you engage with a space? How does it engage with you? How can you use all your senses to explore a space? What are the limits of exploring a space? Are there emotions associated with a given space? How do shapes, lines, light, colors, and design convey emotion?
The AEO is a handy tool that can easily be used in any space, anywhere in the world. And, it fits in your pocket too!