Play the City: Games Informing the Urban Development by Ekim TanA new book by Play the City. From Cape Town to Amsterdam to Istanbul, the book sheds light into the particular applications and outcomes of City Gaming in diverse planning and city making regimes worldwide.
Following Ekim Tan’s PhD work on city gaming, this book has been designed to make her research more accessible to all. The book features a chapter dedicated to unraveling the city-gaming method as developed by the Play the City teams, with case studies from Shenzhen, Cape Town, Amsterdam, Almere and Istanbul.
In addition to Play the City’s work, the book includes reviews of select influential city-games from around the world, and is enriched with personal interviews from gaming experts such as Eric Gordon, Pablo Suarez and Mohini Dutta.
Play The City - Games Informing The Urban Development
Changing the way we engage stakeholders, Play the City designs physical games as a method for collaborative decision making. We localize our games and tailor them according to particular questions of our clients. We use gaming as a problem-solving method, bringing top-down decision makers together with bottom-up stakeholders. In the accessible environment of games, free from professional jargon, players engage with a problem and with each other, facilitating collaborative outcomes. We believe that gaming offe rs a real alternative to standard formats of civic engagement in the 21st century.
More information about Play the City: www. We, the experts working for the city, need to adapt our methods to fit a new generation of policymakers and city makers that are born into a world that not only contains, but is reshaped by, the likes of Minecraft, Pokemon Go and Foursquare on a daily basis. Interactive maps, mixed realities, 3D environments, and multiplayer settings are the new mediums through which an entire generation perceives the urban world. Imagine a future where cities are modeled, tested, designed, and reshaped through interactive, collaborative games. At Play the City, we are working towards creating this future. This book therefore will inspire not only the city officers or experts in city making, as architects and planners, but anyone who feels interested and responsible for their living environments. A new book by Play the City.
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Second book written by Play the City founder Dr. Ekim Tan on the future of city gaming. During her doctoral research at the TU Delft, Ekim realised that city games can inform urban development by turning the various stakeholders into players which actively influence their urban environment. How have city games thus far contributed to our urban environments, and how will they continue to do so? The way forward in the urban design profession is finding forms of storing new knowledge and making it available for further iterations. Thus, this new book contains a manual for those who are interested in building city games themselves.