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Play the City designs physical games as a method for collaborative decision making and conflict resolution. Their method has been acknowledged internationally and has been implemented for large-scale projects in AmsterdamIstanbul, Brussels and Cape Town.

At the moment, they designed projects such as play  Noord, play Tirana, play  Khayelitsha, Van Gethallen and a few others.


  • Game consists of 7 rounds.
  • Each round represents a year and is played in the duration of the game for 10 minutes.
  • There are 5 dedicated minutes for construction and 5 minutes for negotiations
  • Public polls take place  in the middle and at the end of the game. Players vote on each other’s projects. If projects are not supported they can be removed from the game.
  • VETO can be activated by two players: the policy maker and the activist.


In the accessible environment of games, free from professional jargon, players engage with each other and reach shared solutions.


  • the possibility of designing investment
  • analyze the pros and cons of specific zoning
  • the ability to depict people’s interest in investment and the possibility of making changes to it
  • the possibility of negotiations between politicians, designers, policy makers, representatives of organization, lands owners and developers


The game has a few versions dedicated to different conditions.

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Play the City games are played under the guidance of a game master resulting in concrete and implementable solutions, thus there are payments related to delivering and reporting the game results.

Number of players

more than 10 players

Number of moderators

2-3 moderator


1-2 hours


Game set, boxes which imitated building



Play the City games bring the experts and non-experts together so indigenous knowledge meets technical knowledge, it becomes critical to make sure these parties are around the table.

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