Size and shape of the playing field. Map data in urban game design

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Through an actual game design challenge, this workshop explores how well map data describes the street-level experience of the city.

What you will get out of this workshop
By playing and redesigning an urban game participants gain a deeper understanding of local availability and density of urban data and how this data translates into urban experience. This will engender critical reflection about availability, accessibility and relevance of located urban data.

Workshop theme
How is open and public map data relevant for our lives in the city? Infrastructure providers and municipalities are keen to cooperate with facilitators of the open data movement to provide more meaningful data, yet it is hard to grasp what citizens really need.

The workshop ‘Size & shape of the playing field’ provides an example of the ‘pull’ for urban data from the niche field of urban game design. We will identify expressive data that helps us to tune the mobile based urban game Operation Noose. The main focus will be on unique features of a given urban site like length of corners, curvature of streets, density of urban objects modifying visibility.

After a short introduction we will play the game around the Knowledge Mile. Then we will discuss and collect potential data sources that enable the generation of the perfect playing field and reflect about how workshop learning can be transferred.

Dr. Viktor Bedö – Tacit Dimension
Aysegül Dinccag – Tacit Dimension

Date and location
Workshop 5
Title: Size & shape of the playing field. Map data in urban game design.
Date: 22/4 10:00 – 17:00
Location: TBA

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