Playing for the Future: event April 17 2014 about play, games and urban (re)developments

Last year, The Mobile City partnered in the project “Rezone Playful Interventions” about the use of playful design strategies to repurpose vacant spaces. In this project three teams composed of an architect and a game studio collaborated and created a temporary playful urban intervention for a near-vacant factory at the edge of the city center of Den Bosch. The three teams were: Maurer United x Marieke VerbiesenDUS Architects x MonobandaZUS Architects x Fourcelabs. The DUS Architects x Monobanda intervention has also been part of our recent project “Made By Us“. These interventions could be played during a public festival and aimed to engage visitors and stakeholders with the particular location, the general issue of abandoned postindustrial heritage, and strengthen their sense of ‘ownership’.

To conclude the project, a small event (in Dutch) is scheduled on April 17 14:00 – 18:00 in Willem II Fabriek, Den Bosch. During the event Michiel de Lange (The Mobile City) and Anneke Dalhuizen (Heijmans) will talk about the role of play and games in urban redevelopment and design. In breakout sessions the potential of play and games is further investigated on three levels: the scale of the building, the neighborhood, and the wider urban/rural area.

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In addition, the publication “Rezone Playful Interventions: spelen voor de toekomst” (playing for the future) will be presented to the provincial deputy Brigite van Haaften. The publication is written by Michiel de Lange, Tessa Peters and Rolf van Boxmeer, and contains guest contributions by Hans Venhuizen (architect and “game urbanist”), Zineb Seghrouchni and Anne Seghers from Studio Papaver (urban design studio, initiators alternate reality game “Leve de Krimp!”), and Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Het Nieuwe Instituut, initiator “Shared Space”, a series of meeting between architects and game-developers). The publication will be published on this website after the event.

Partners in the event are Digitale Werkplaats/bArt, BAI, bkkc, Het Nieuwe Instituut, and The Mobile City.

Details – in Dutch – below:

Wanneer: 17 april 14:00 -18:00 

Locatie: Willem II Fabriek, Boschveldweg 471,’s-Hertogenbosch 

Organisatie: Rezone: DW /BAI /Mobile City i.s.m bkkc en Het Nieuwe Instituut 

Aanmelden bij: Leonie de Bot:  l.debot@bartophetweb.nl

More information here >>

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Michiel de Lange
Michiel de Lange (1976) is an Assistant Professor in New Media Studies at Utrecht University, researching mobile media and urban culture and identity. He is the co-founder of The Mobile City, an independent research group founded in 2007 that investigates the influence of digital media technologies on urban life and the implications for urban design and policy. Michiel is trained as a cultural anthropologist, and holds a PhD in philosophy (2010) with a dissertation about mobile media technologies and urban identities. He collaborated in a locative media art & science project (www.nomadicmilk.net). He worked for  Kennisland, a Dutch think-tank that aims to strengthen the knowledge-based society. Here he worked on several projects at the intersection of ICTs and the city, e.g. co-organizing the Creative Capital conference. He also volunteered and worked for Cybersoek, a computer neighborhood center in Amsterdam. He is advisor e-culture at Mediafonds. Michiel is on Twitter and LinkedIn.