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Play the City Studio

Do not Plan, Play the City: Opening Design and Governance to the People

Play the City is an Amsterdam and Istanbul based City Gaming Company.
City Gaming Method can facilitate participatory processes, manage complex urban projects, resolve conflicts, help connect to communities.

Countdown to Play Khayelitsha

Imagine, a stagnating township in dire need of urban development in Cape Town...

Test Session, 11 July 2014, Department of Design, Cape Town

  • Play Cape Town - 

    Play Cape Town Video Report

  • Managing resources and the human capital effectively is critical for the future development of the area. Through active engagement of formal and informal groups, historic conflict can be transformed into consensus.

    For the first time, Khayelitsha is testing a new approach for negotiating between conflicting parties and to find common ground to develop a realizable agenda for progress in the region. Over 80 stakeholders will participate in a City Game enabling them to clarify their ideas and strategies for the effective development of neighborhoods and the township as a whole. From local NGOs, residents and landowners to informal tr...

    Posted by: Ekim Tan, 5 Nov 2014,11:51

An animation commissioned by the City of Almere about Housing Production Modes.

Plans for the Freezing Favela are becoming more concrete. During this session participants will partake in a game, hosted by Play the City, to find out the best way to realize their project.

  • Play Van Gendthallen! Amsterdam - 

    Plans for the Freezing Favela are becoming more concrete. During this session participants partake in a game, hosted by Play the City, to find out the best way to realize their project. Where should they build, how, and with whom?

  • Posted by: Ekim Tan, 10 Aug 2014,20:37

City officers of the Hague Municipality, politicians, entrepreneurs, inhabitants and artists come together to re-imagine alternative futures for de Binckhorst!

Istanbul citizens use their public transport cards to show their positions on major issues facing their metropolis.
Istanbul Design Biennale

Play Tirana simulates the development of a multimodal station for Tirana.
Balkan in de Polder and Polis University are Play the City's partners. Participants include Municipality of Tirana, Co-PLAN, Belgrade University, Anhald University local investors and developers from Tirana.

Commissioned by La Fabrique de la Cité as part of 'Building the Shared City' conference.

  • Play Noord 2012 - 

    The legal plan of Overhoeks is slowly but decisively progressing. We ask what would be the most desirable form of an organic development around the Shell Tower and Grootlab? Do we really need 70.000 sqm of extra offices in Overhoeks as the legal plan suggests? How to organize the remaining 200.000sqm of housing job? Can small entrepreneurs be the authors of this task replacing a giant investor?

    For more information please visit playthecity.eu

  • The legal plan of Overhoeks is slowly but decisively progressing. We ask what would be the most desirable form of an organic development around the Shell Tower and Grootlab? Do we really need 70.000 sqm of extra offices in Overhoeks as the legal plan suggests? How to organize the remaining 200.000sqm of housing job? Can small entrepreneurs be the authors of this task replacing a giant investor?For more information please visit playthecity.eu

    Posted by: Ekim Tan, 10 Aug 2014,18:55
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Play Khayelitsha

How to Play

'Township Co-create Game' is designed for enacting townships without a dense urban core.

In 2014, Play the City focuses on Khayelitsha’s Business District -KBD. The city game targets creating win-win situations between players with conflicting interests that will result in realistic business cases to unlock stagnating urban development projects in the KBD.

Posted by: Ekim Tan, 24 Apr 2014,11:35
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Play the City at Hotel Droog

Save the date: 27 March 2014, Amsterdam

During Droog Café’s Irritation lecture series, a selected number of fearless speakers stand up and share their most annoying irritation to those willing to listen and react.

  • An informal evening fuelled by a mix of inspiration and frustration, laughter and tears on how just the smallest thing can make life so irritating and how irritation can lead to inspiration. During the City edition of this series, Ekim Tan from Play the City will reveal the irritation caused her by ignorance of urban design in serious gaming, and how this irritation turned into an adventurous design journey which took her, and a new generation of city games, from Istanbul to Amsterdam, Tirana, Brussels, Cape Town and beyond.

    Past speakers include Erik Kessels (KesselsKramer), Koert van Mensvoort (Next Nature), Ed van Hint...

    Posted by: Ekim Tan, 23 Mar 2014,21:42

Density Game, Cape Town

December 2013, South Africa

Was it Nelson Mandela’s final journey, Barrack Obama’s selfies, or the World Design Capital title that made The New York Times declare Cape Town the no. 1 place to visit in 2014?

It may have been all or none of these … what we do know is that, for a city gaming practice, Cape Town is a treasure with highly complex urban questions and conflicts.

  • Cape Town Sprawl - 

    Ekim Tan, 2013 July

  • Since Play the City’s first visit to South Africa in July 2013, we have been developing a density game. This is a generic city game addressing the sprawl and density dilemma of world metropolises. Its first application will be for the City of Cape Town, launched during as a World Design Capital event. The game is designed to re-establish, or in some cases establish, a dialogue between the actors that influence a city’s urban form. It does this through the negotiation of the fairest way to distribute the limited resources available, such as infrastructure, public services and farmlands.

    We are delighted to announce that the ...

    Posted by: Ekim Tan, 2 Feb 2014,19:51
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