Play the City helps you build communities, co-design with stakeholders, develop tools for digital urbanism and create strategies for urban development through serious gaming.
Att: Prime Minister of the Brussels Capital Region
The last day of the masterclass was dedicated to a more general reflection on what temporary use can do for a city, resulting in an open letter to the Region's Prime Minister.
Thursday’s game process was elaborated into a list of things of potential actions: small interventions which can be done independently in the short term, and a list of bigger interventions which require the limited support of land owners and other parties, and which can be realised in the medium term.
In order to think more generally about temporary use, and specifically on how to convince others to make space and time for temporary uses, each participant wrote down how they would sell the concept to influential politicians. In Brussels, the Region is important as both the land owner and the custodian of public space, but in such...
Playing to change Ninoofsepoort / Porte de Ninove
The locals have long lobbied for a quiet park, and developers envision luxury housing and offices on the site. Politicians call for an attractive museum, and passers-by simply plead for a more navegable traffic junction. Ninoofsepoort/Porte de Ninove is a key urban node where many conflicting interests intersect.
European cities are facing the challenge of reacting proactively to their urban wastelands and vacant buildings. Berlin is an inspiring example, although no single project or city is a template for change - every city has unique potentials and handicaps. While officials in Brussels do their best to manage the unmanageable, we at Play the City have designed a city game tackling temporary public use of Ninoofsepoort/Porte de Ninove.
Imagine that on waking up tomorrow you find Ninoofsepoort/Porte de Ninove has been opened up by the city authorities for temporary events and enterprises. Do you know people who will find this news wonder...
City Game Play Temporary Brussels
How would you manoeuvre a mixed-use masterplan through Brussels's labyrinth of public administration? Could temporary public spaces pave the way for the future development of Ninoofsepoort, a complex traffic junction at the western entrance of ‘the pentagon’ – Brussels’ historic centre?
European cities are facing the challenge of reacting proactively to their urban wastelands and vacant buildings. Berlin is an inspiring example, and each city has unique potentials and handicaps. How would you manoeuvre a mixed-use masterplan through Brussels's labyrinth of public administration? Could temporary public spaces pave the way for the future development of Ninoofsepoort, a complex traffic junction at the western entrance of ‘the pentagon’ – Brussels’ historic centre? In collaboration with Bral and pyblik, Play the City will simulate temporar...
‘Staten-Generaal II’ Public Consultation
The States General II event will formulate its own agenda for the future of City of Limburg through a public consultation process.
The event aims to formulate a new spatial model that does justice to the open, fragmented landscape of Limburg's diverse communities and the urgent employment problems in the area.
After the conference, local experts and stakeholders will join the guest speakers in three parallel think tanks which focus on the driving force and identity of the City of Limburg. This public consultation will address the role of spatial production in community engagement and conflict re...
TU DELFT - The 2nd International Conference
CTC (Complexity Theories of Cities) is a domain of research that studies dynamic systems and patterns of urban morphology.
Play the City will present the evolution of city games and engage in discussions with renowned professors from a range of disciplines, including cognitive psychology and philosophy, who address urban planning questions.
The first Delft International conference in September 2009, co-organized by Play the City's Ekim Tan, evaluated the achievements of Complexity Theories of Cities and looked forward at potentials and challenges yet to be materialized. Among these last was the insight that in order to better understand and simulate human behavior in cities, CTC should make a link to cognitive science perspectives on these issues and be aware that planning and design are basic cognitive capabilities of humans.
Following this insight the aim of this 2nd Delft international conference is to create a transdisciplinary conversation between researchers fro...
World Design Capital 2014
Cape Town is a good test case for 'design' to prove its relevance to social, cultural and economic development.
This time there was no time to watch cult movies, do some basic tourist research or even check the wikipedia entry for ‘Cape Town’. I found myself there, somewhat unexpectedly, with colleagues from the vanguard of dutch design: Christine de Baan, Renny Ramakers, Willem Velthoven and Pieter Bannenberg. We were there to investigate the design challenges facing South Africa and see how designers back in the Netherland...
Turkey, rising star of Europe and democratic model of the Islamic Middle East, has been in the news in recent years for its steady economic growth. Now the world is watching thousands of its citizens’ humorous and friendly protests from Taksim-Istanbul and other Turkish cities. Seventy percent of these people do not support any political movement and 67 percent are under 30. The so-called ‘Y’ generation is asking for the right to direct democracy. The conflict seems likely to last longer, as the old system’s gadgets – the police, parliament, and political parties – will need time to learn open negotiation.
...or playing Monopoly with your neighborhood.
Play the City's interactive game allows residents, businesses, officials and developers to play with with houses, office buildings, windmills and roads on a large board game. Architect and urban planner Ekim Tan wants to allow citizens rather than administrators to determine how their district will look in the future. She conceived Play the City as a participatory alternative to zoning plans.
Ekim Tan opts for a different approach to many of her peers. As Greek architect Elia Zenghelis once said: ‘Architecture in origin hierarchical, and participation is a Trojan horse. It seems like such a good idea yet focuses the damage.’ But Tan is not afraid of damage, athough she realizes that the more people do for themselves, the less work there is for the classical architect. ‘We will take on a different role. Most architects are still commissioned by governments and developers. In the future we will advise citi...
at the 55th Venice Biennale
Biennale di Venezia 2013, curated by Massimiliano Gioni
On November 16th 1955, self-taught Italian-American artist Marino Auriti filed a design patent for his Palazzo Enciclopedico (Encyclopedic Palace) with the US Patent Office. It was an imaginary museum intended to house all worldly knowledge, bringing together the greatest discoveries of the human race, from the wheel to the satellite. Auriti’s plan was never carried out, of course, but the dream of universal, all-embracing knowledge crops up throughout history. It is one that eccentrics like Auriti share with many other artists, writers, scientists, and prophets who have tried - invariably in vain - to fashion an image of the world that ...
U.S. starts public budgeting in a highly diverse industrial town on the San Francisco Bay. Which European city would be the best place to start with?
After Porto Alegre, Brazil, now Vallejo, California, also engages taxpayers in participatory budgeting to act upon unequal living conditions. Watch the promotion video here.
Participatory budgeting (PB) is a different way to manage public money, and to engage people in government. It is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It enables taxpayers to work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives.
Though each experience is different, most follow a similar basic process: residents brainstorm spending ideas, volunteer budget delegates develop proposals based on these ideas, residents vote on proposals, and the government implements the top projects. For example, if community members identify recreation spaces as a pri...