Good luck, have fun

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Luo, Jack
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
Unitec Institute of Technology
Francis, Kerry
O'Connell, Ainsley
Masters Thesis
Ngā Upoko Tukutuku (Māori subject headings)
Wynyard Quarter Waterfront (Auckland, N.Z.)
Auckland (N.Z.)
New Zealand
esports centres
gaming centres
gaming arenas
electronic sports
feng shui (风水)
gaming facilities
Luo, J. (2018). Good luck, have fun. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from
RESEARCH QUESTION: How can the principles of Feng Shui be translated architecturally to a modern gaming facility? Electronic Sports or “eSports” is a form of competition that happens on the virtual stage with high intensity moments and visually stunning graphics. In recent years, eSports has garnered much success globally, being supported by many large sponsorships and companies. The rapid growth of competitive gaming can be attributed to the introduction of improved broadband technology, allowing for faster network speeds and communication, and ushering in a new age for competition. While the eSports phenomenon has brought together young players and formed teams that dominate the virtual playing field, the corresponding architecture has been poor in supporting this. Live eSports events involve occupying existing arena spaces with an adaptive approach instead of a dedicated facility. A purpose-built space for eSports could provide more opportunities to younger people, and change the stigma that plagues gaming culture by raising awareness of the phenomenon. “Good Luck, Have Fun” is a research project exploring the theory of Feng Shui, a theory of balance to support the social structure that eSports brings about, as well as the programme, materiality, and structure to maintain the health of the players and spectators. The outcome is to design a facility that responds architecturally to the principles of Feng Shui on Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter.
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