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Makers of the city are in constant need of constructive communication. Parties managing flows of people, water, energy, food and materials demand methods to plan their city collectively. City gaming helps you integrate the intelligence of your partners in a playful and focused environment. With this new reality, ‘efficiency’ earns a new meaning and play offers a real alternative to conventional ‘rational’ decision making methods.

Experience City Gaming
What if you could test your urban development strategies against other actors? The best way to learn collaborative development is experiencing it. Invite your -potential- partners or your colleagues to a half-day city game session. This game training will help you imagine how city gaming can support your daily challenges.

When, which game?
In collaboration with Pakhuis de Zwijger, Play the City has compiled a game training program consisting of five games for the first half of 2018. You may choose to play either existing city games or prototype your own city game for your particular challenge with our expert team.
It is also possible to book your own session at a time slot you choose.

1. Inner-City Transformation through Circular Economy Principles
–case: Amsterdam Noord, Buiksloterham
Circular City Game is a strategy game for the future of a former industrial site transforming into a living and working city area through principles of Circular Economy.
Date: 23 February 2018 Place: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Expo

2. Urban Expansion through a Dynamic Zoning Plan
–case: Almere Ooosterwold
Play Oosterwold is a behavior simulation game built to test development rules and finance conditions of a Do-It-Yourself MasterPlan in Almere, the Netherlands.
Date: 23 March 2018 Place: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Expo

3. Social Change Game for Locals and Newcomers
–case: Utrecht, Overvecht
Ontdek Overvecht is a negotiation and social pitch game to increase social cohesion for residents, both newcomers and locals.
Date: 18 April 2018 Place: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Expo

4. Affordable Housing Game for Policy Makers
–case: a generic mid-size European City
Affordable Housing Game is a policy making game to develop an implementable agenda for affordable housing across European Cities.
Date: 18 May 2018 Place: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Expo

5. Circular Economy Game for Businesses and Governments
–case: Greater Amsterdam Region
Circular Amsterdam is a knowledge exchange game designed for local entrepreneurs and citizens to gain awareness on circular urban development and link it to their daily business.
Affordable Housing Game for Policy Makers
Date: 22 June 2018 Place: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Expo


What Can You Expect from Game Training?
*Enhance effective decision making – through the power of Games
*Learn from real world cases while networking with professionals from diverse sectors
*Learn how to adapt and take action in multidisciplinary environments
*Advance in change management and leadership for personal and professional development
*Elaborate on the new role of the governments, companies and communities
*Learn about your own negotiation skills, how they are perceived by other professionals and how you can improve


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*Single-day Game Training sessions cost 250€ exc. VAT per person.
20% discount after the 3rd person from the same organization.Please let us know number of people you are registering for and your professional backgrounds.


Want to enhance collaborative decision making within a group or your team?
*Private Booking is possible upon request for min. 7 participants
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*Teams receive one hard copy of Dr. Ekim Tan’s new book ‘Play the City:Games Informing Urban Development’ included.


Time: 14:00 – 17:15
Location: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Expo

14.00 Doors Open

- Partnerships for Large Urban Projects
- Getting Smarter Together
- How Games get Serious

by Dr. Ekim Tan, Architect, Urbanist, Game Designer, Founder and Managing Director of Play the City

by Txell Blanco, Architect, Game Master of Play the City

Chrissy Gaglione, Sustainability Expert of Play the City, UvA -University of Amsterdam

15.00 Your Mission Today
- Form your Vision
- Get to know your Co-players
- Strengthen yourself with drinks and bites

15.15 City-Game, Round 1: Position Yourself
- The rules of the Game are fixed, how you use them depends on you
- Develop your Strategy: Learn your conflicts, negotiate, build alliances

15.45 City-Game, Round 2: Fine your allies and Put Your Ideas into Action

- You all are part of the challenge but your objectives are different
- Test your plans against other interests on the table

16.45 Post-discussion and Evaluation
- How did you experience the Game?
- What objectives were reached?
- How would you have approached a task like this without a Game?
- What is the value of the outcome?

17.15 Time to go home: Were you the Game Changer today?

© Play the City, 2018