Experience City Gaming

Almere Oosterwold

25 Jun 2015

City Games are smart and playful platforms for City Making. They engage multiple stakeholders in resolving complex urban challenges. Curious How City Gaming Works? Join the City Simulation Room at Pakhuis de Zwijger for an exclusive Game Training. Using the Gaming method we collaboratively create integral strategies for an incrementally growing Do-It-Yourself city development from Almere's Oosterwold.


How is it possible that Amsterdam is facing a housing crisis while at the same time 15% of all 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 Netherlands and Germany 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?

Play Oosterwold
Play Oosterwold

Managing Cities Smarter

The 21st century requires new collaborative methods for city makers and Play the City addresses this challenge with a system that is based on arguably the oldest and most natural way of learning: Games.

During her research, Dr. Ekim Tan has developed City Gaming to an effective tool for multi-stakeholder management. Since then, City Games have facilitated projects in Cape Town, Amsterdam, Istanbul 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 monthly Game Training in the City Simulation Room hosted by Pakhuis de Zwijger. Through an exclusive afternoon program


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

Send an email to training@playthecity.eu

*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.

*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.

Le Corbusier versus City Gaming
Le Corbusier versus City Gaming


Time: 13:00 – 17:15
25 June 2015
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?

PBL negotiations for a new motorway in the polder
PBL negotiations for a new motorway in the polder