Play the City: Urban Game at reSITE
reSITE organized an urban planning game “Play the City” that involved up to 800 conference participants in an innovative gaming technique of collaborative city planning.
June 17, 2016 / Forum Karlin
Amsterdam-based urban game designer and architect Ekim Tan brought the biggest urban game ever to Prague. Hundreds of people were involved in a giant board game to plan the ideal city. It is called “Play the City.”
At this year’s reSITE, we decided to try an experiment. We organized a giant board game called “Play the City,” in which participants tried out different professional roles while planning a city. Game designer Ekim Tan from Amsterdam said that it was the first time she involved so many people in the game, which was played on 12 different massive game boards on the floor of the Forum Karlin venue. It has been the biggest game of its type ever organized, led by the game designer, urbanist and architect Ekim Tan.
For the first time, game designer Ekim Tan involved so many people in the game, which was played on 12 different massive game boards on the floor of the Forum Karlin venue.
Play the City introduces gaming to urban planning, city-making, architecture and design through a creative intervention for people to interact and learn from each other through a more playful, creative and active collaboration.
Ekim Tan, inventor of Play the City, moderated and listened to participants discuss the experience of their city, including the urban issues they faced and solutions to problems. At reSITE 2016, attendees played a large scale "Play the City" game where they were assigned roles and simulated making decisions and reacting to events in a city.
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