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Urban Dots: the new interactive urban planning game

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Published on Sep 27, 2019

Welcome to "Urban Dots"
the new interactive urban planning game,
that both kids and adults can use
for both playing and research.
To test it for the 1st time ever
we invited 20 kids of 10 years of age, into the Aalto University, in Finland
Kids walked around the parking lot, and we told them,
we need more houses here, so students live closer to the university
then we went inside to the City Science Lab
We divided the group into 2 teams, and we gave each kid roles,
the lobbyist for houses, the lobbyist for shops, for offices, for factories, parks, schools, energy,
and parking
the mayor, and the builder
Now you can plan the city in that parking lot, but with legos
and when u put in the legos, it will show up in the screen
and it will also show what it needs and what it gives
The currency are the dots of the legos
The mayor has the last call, the builder advises, and the others lobby
The new block will be sustainable if what it is given equals what it is taken, so, zero
The 2 teams batlled as time was limited
Kids played for 3 hours, changing mayors and roles
In planning cities, there are no perfect solutions,
we all do the best we can with the time we have!

Credits:
Initiator and producer: Aalto Living+
Ideation and realization: Pedro Aibéo
Assistance of production: Giovanna Casimiro
Programmer: Mauricio Jabur
Video shooting: Sebastian Kammonen

In collaboration with:
Lähiöfest 2019
City Science Lab @Aalto with MIT Media Lab
Architectural Democracy

Presentation and video by Pedro Aibéo
27th Sep. 2019

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