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On the 16th of December 2012, The Play the City Foundation was launched with an open board meeting attended by a curious, young and joyful audience.
21 Dec 2012
20:00 Mediamatic FabriekMediamatic Fabriek, VOC–kade 10, 1018 LG Amsterdam VOC–kade 101018 LGAmsterdam,
A public board meeting took place on this day combined with an informal brainstorm with the audience. This was done so the audience could listen and participate in the discussion concerning the future direction of Play the City.
Invited experts were Wouter Vanstiphout [Prof. at the TUDelft's Design as Politics studio], Christian Ernsten [partner of Partizan Publiek], Evert Verhagen, independent advisor, Egbert Fransen [director of Pakhuis de Zwijger], Michiel de Lange [co-founder of The Mobile City], Brendan Cormier, [editor Volume], Azadeh Mashayekhi [phd TU Delft] and students and mentors of Design As Politics Studio of TU Delft.
Ekim Tan, founder of Play the City, introduced the public mission of the foundation. She argued that 'Play the City could have the role of helping cities become more transparent. Although small, the organization could have a large impact on democratizing city planning.’ To start the debate she posed following questions:
‘How can the Play the City foundation grow into an inclusive public platform? Who could be possible partners of Play the City to introduce interactive planning into the legal procedures of Dutch Urbanism? Are city games of Play the City better fit for questions of Urban Renewal or Urban Growth?’
Local versus Global
As a response, Wouter Vanstiphout questioned which scale Play the City needs to operate in. According the Vanstiphout, Play the City has been active in too many cases given its short history. Tirana, Istanbul, the Hague, Amsterdam, Almere... Instead he proposes a focussed local project which delivers pos...
City Simulation Lab in the Freezing Favela, Van Gendthallen
Play the City's Public Event Space
We are working happily in our little office in Amsterdam Noord. However, we need a large space to be able to run our city games with the public. The city game library of more than 5000 urban design pieces, along with the simulation tables we have been producing for various cities–Almere, Amsterdam Noord, and the Hague–will form the basis for our laboratory. Such a facility will serve Dutch cities by organizing interactive workshops addressing their complex urban problems. Cities can then invite various stakeholders to a neutral and inspiring playground to re-think and envision their cities under the Play the City Studio's guidance....
International Conference by the City Factory where Play the City will present, perform and play to engage citizens.
29 Aug 2012 –
31 Aug 2012
Movenpick HotelMovenpick Hotel, Piet Heinkade 11, Amsterdam Piet Heinkade 11Amsterdam,
The City Factory has decided to devote its 2012 seminar to the theme of ensuring citizens' adhesion to projects aimed at transforming their city. This complex theme embraces several concepts: political science, sociology and political economy, participatory democracy and consultation, together with bargaining and empowerment.
Today, we can observe a dual and contradictory movement: on the one hand, the increasingly frequent opposition of local residents to urban construction projects, and, on the other, a general crisis in representative democracy.
Today, companies managing projects must ensure the adhesion of residents, deliver daily reports and adapt the project to new demands made by residents. The representative institutions that no longer enjoy the monopoly of opinion must also rejuvenate their methods and broaden both their targets and their tools.
Public opinion is demanding a new method of 'upstream' governance–a form of governa...
Build your future in Almere with Play Oosterwold!
Play the City has created a serious game to simulate possible future scenarios for Almere Oosterwold. It is called: Play Oosterwold! Almere 2.0 and MVRDV are responsible for the design-rules. Play Oosterwold tests if these rules have the desired effect.
Are you curious about the first masterplan in Dutch history shaped by planning rules instead of an actual plan? Then Play Oosterwold! to see the next generation Dutch city master-planned by its citizens.
Build your future in Play Oosterwold!
A field of corn as far as the eye can see – or a little circle of land completely hidden by trees? A new home, a studio, a shop, an animal farm or a greenhouse? Living in close quarters – or spread far apart?
In Play Oosterwold! There is no master plan. Instead, you are provided with simple rules and conditions to shape and build your own plot. For your dreams to become real, you will need to compete or collaborate with your future neighbours. YOU, along with fellow inhabitants, will masterplan Oosterwold!
Ready for the challenge?