Games as strong concepts for citymaking

B.A.M. Schouten, G. Ferri, Michiel de Lange, K. Millenaar

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    Cities are becoming increasingly complex, both in terms of their social and cultural context, and in the technological solutions that are necessary to make
    them function. In parallel, we are observing a growing attention toward the public
    dimension of design, addressing societal challenges and opportunities at an urban scale. Conceptualizing, ideating, and framing design problems at a larger scale may still prove challenging, even as cities are becoming more and more relevant for all branches of design. In this chapter, we address the use of game mechanics to produce strong concepts for better understanding complex problems in citymaking and communal participation, capitalizing on the necessity to shift the attention from smart cities to smart citizens. Through several examples we will show that games and play have a special quality of social bonding, providing context and motivational aspects that can be used to improve the dynamics and solutions within city-making.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPlayable Cities
    EditorsA. Nijholt
    Place of PublicationDordrecht
    ISBN (Electronic)978-981-10-1962-3
    ISBN (Print)978-981-10-1961-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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