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City Simulation Room @ Pakhuis de Zwijger

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How is it possible that Amsterdam is facing a housing crisis while at the same time 15% of office buildings remain unused? How can it be that in Stuttgart, Germany, thousands of people are protesting against a train station causing cost explosions, massive delays and obvious dissatisfaction with the main decision makers? The top-to-bottom way we develop our cities naturally causes problems not only in the European cities but worldwide.

How can we be more effective? More resourceful? How can we utilize the knowledge of the many to improve the traditional decision-making of the few?

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Managing Cities Smarter

The 21st century calls for innovative, collaborative methods for city makers. Play the City responds to this need with a system based on what is arguably the oldest and most natural way of learning: Games.

During her research, Dr. Ekim Tan developed City Gaming as an effective tool for multi-stakeholder management. Since, City Games have facilitated projects in Cape Town, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Shen Zhen, Prague and Brussels, among others. And this is only the beginning.

Experience City Gaming

What if you could test your development strategies against other stakeholders in an interactive environment? The best way to learn about consensus building is experiencing it. This is why Play the City offers Game Training. Through an exclusive afternoon program, you can choose to join a game session addressing one of city making scenarios below:

a. Inner-City Redevelopment through Circular City Principles
–case: Amsterdam Noord, Buiksloterham

Play the Circular City -Buiksloterham is a strategy game for the future of a former industrial site transforming into a living and working environment.
Book this game to experience how you would, as government, market, non-government party or as individual or groups of citizens contribute to the Circular City of today. What are new business cases emerging? What are conditions of traditional city making that needs an update?


b. Off-Grid City
–case: Almere Ooosterwold

Play Oosterwold is a behaviour simulation game built to test design and finance rules of a Do-It-Yourself MasterPlan in Almere, the Netherlands.
Book this game to experience how you would, as a land owner, a speculating investor, a city government neighbouring Oosterwold, a designer, or a possible future inhabitant of Oosterwold, activate a Do-It-Yourself plan performing on rules? How would you tackle critical subjects such as public infrastructure, private investments and green space? How would you organize your own local roads, energy production, water provision and sewage systems?

Play the City Games facilitate a way forward through building strategic partnerships. As a participant you take the role of a stakeholder, or simply animate your own interests. You pursue your own goals in the Game while taking into account conflicting interests of your co-players. The City Simulation Room offers real-life scenarios from the Netherlands, ensuring an insightful afternoon with tangible results.

Game Masters from Play the City facilitate the process and ensure an enriching experience.

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

Make a Booking

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*Single-day Game Training sessions cost 250€ exc. VAT per person.
20% discount after the 3rd person from the same organisation. 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. 5 participants
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*Free access to download Dr. Ekim Tan’s book ‘Negotiation and Design for the Self-organizing City: City Gaming as a Method for Urban Design’ included.

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Time: 13:00 – 17:15
Location: Pakhuis de Zwijger, City Simulation Room

13.00 Doors Open


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

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


Jacob Buitenkant, Architecture Historian, Game Master of Play the City Consultants


Nicolas Klaus, Political Sciences Expert, Head of Communications Expert of Play the City Consultants, UvA -University of Amsterdam

14.00 Your Mission Today

- Form your Vision
- Get to know your Co-players
- Strengthen yourself with drinks and bites

14.15 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

15.30 Drinks and Game Review

15.45 City-Game, Round 2: 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?