From Public Play Space Community



Tilburg, Netherlands, 2016
Purpose Activation.pngActivation
Purpose Interconnection.pngInterconnection
Purpose Collaberating.pngCollaborating
Purpose Raise awareness.pngRaise Awareness
Purpose Educate.pngEducate
Purpose Visualise needs.pngVisualize Needs
Purpose Simulate impact of decisions.pngSimulate Impact of Decisions
Purpose Decision making.pngDecision Making
Purpose Designing.pngDesigning
Co-Creation Co-analysis.pngCo-Analysis
Co-Creation Co-design.pngCo-Design
Co-Creation Co-implementation.pngCo-Implementation
Co-Creation Co-maintenance.pngCo-Maintenance
Co-Creation Co-monitoring.pngCo-Monitoring
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Outcome Decision making.pngDecision Making
Outcome Knowledge.pngKnowledge
Outcome Assesment.pngAssessment
Outcome Design.pngDesign
Outcome Inclusion.pngInclusion
Outcome Awareness.pngAwareness
Outcome Partnership.pngPartnership
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Mechanics Alternitive reality.pngAlternative Reality
Mechanics Role play.pngRole Play
Mechanics Rule based play.pngRule Based Play
Mechanics Location based.pngLocation Based
Mechanics Simulations.pngSimulations
Mechanics Mapping.pngMapping
Mechanics Geolocation.pngGeolocation
Mechanics Hypothesis.pngHypothesis
Mechanics Metagame.pngMetagame
Technology & Tools Analoge Tangibles.pngAnaloge Tangibles
Technology & Tools AR VR.pngAR / VR
Technology & Tools Audio Visual.pngAudio Visual
Technology & Tools Data AI.pngData AI
Technology & Tools Data Collection Visualization.pngData Collection/Visualization
Technology & Tools Digital Interface.pngDigital Interface
Technology & Tools Mobile.pngMobile
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Aesthetics Sensation.pngSensation
Aesthetics Imagination.pngImagination
Aesthetics Assemblage.pngAssemblage
Aesthetics Pysical activity construction.pngPhysical Activity / Construction
Aesthetics Realism.pngRealism
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Scale Metropolitan.png Metropolitan
Scale City.png City
Scale District.png District
Scale Neighbourhood.png Neighbourhood
Scale Street.png Street
Scale Undefined.png Undefined
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Audience Community.png Community
Audience Planning expert.png Planning Expert
Audience Stakeholders.png Audience Stakeholders
Audience Policy Makers.png Policy Makers
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Scope Individual.png Individual
Scope Small group.png Small Group
Scope Larger group.png Small Group
Scope Crowd.png Crowd
Scope Pre-defined.png Pre-Defined
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Redesire is a digital interactive multiplayer game developed with the intention to help various urban stakeholders understand and engage with each other's desires, wishes and expectations in fictional or actual area (re)development processes. During the game, players sit around a table and use individual tablet computers in a series of turns in order to tease out and evaluate different ideas for the redevelopment of an urban site. Players are scored based on their performance both individually and as members of a stakeholder group. Their desires are evaluated and scored by other stakeholders. The main idea of the game is based on playing with words and concepts. Prior to the game, a list of keywords (desires and issues) is compiled by stakeholders. After that, during a series of opening rounds, each player alternates by choosing a single concept from the keywords. Players assess their

concepts based on three criteria: beauty, usefulness, and feasibility. Other players assess this concept, too. After each round, players check whether the score of the concept ‘owners’ matches the scores given by other players. During their round, the players have the opportunity to change other players' opinions by writing compelling haiku and via discussion. The closer you get to the assessments of the other players, the higher your personal score. The moderator who supervises the game, can start the conversation around the concept after each round. The game is played at the table with individual players or groups (parties) who each play a stakeholder role. At the end of the game, besides players' individual scores, a map of desires has been developed which shows players' evaluation of different concepts. In addition, there is an analysis of the game behaviour of each player. The game was implemented in several projects in locations such as Nietap (2017) and Hedikhuizen (2018) in the Netherlands and was presented and tested during events like Dutch Design Week (2017) and the Games for Cities conference (2017). Redesire stimulates a ‘challenge’ aesthetics and its concomitant emotional responses. Features that make playing fun involve playing against an opponent under time pressure. Fun also exists in attempting to outsmart others, by for instance making clever haiku. Even fiddling with the RGB knobs while players predict colour code matches offers a ‘sensation’ aesthetics. As a cultural artifact that serves external actions, Redesire inverses the usual sequence of actions in planning processes. It allows policy makers, developers or interest groups to deal with people's desires and opinions in an earlier stage instead of at the end. Redesire in a sense can be seen as a stage rehearsal to play out potential drama between stakeholders in the embryonic stage, thus making the actual implementation process run more smoothly. While every party at the playing table trains their civic skills, the in-game actions of all stakeholders are being leveraged for the external actions of only a few stakeholders. In the end, the game is instrumental for developers and municipalities in the process of actual urban redevelopment.

The project has been selected as one of the two winners of the Call for Best Practices of the PPS Project with the following motivation

“The project successfully tackles the main existing issues of  a specific phase of the participatory design process: the confrontation between different stakeholders for the recognition of synergies between individual interests and objectives. The mechanics of the game are carefully studied to merge digital and in-person interaction. A key value of the project is the possibility to be replicated in different contexts, offering a useful resource for designers, planners, policy makers and citizens.”


“Redesire combines the best of both the digital and human capabilities. By leaving the process up to technology but the interpretation to human intellect, this game with creative, playful features allows players to discuss, imagine and conceptualize new features for the public space. For a game that is all about dialogue and showing different perspectives on the same area, this proven concept qualified itself to earn a spot on the winners’ list”


“Redesire is a game about comparing different points of view and is a way to avoid misunderstandings and to generate a common point of view. It also qualifies and quantifies the values of the individual participants. In many ways the game is a metaphor for living in the city. So play is very appropriate as an element of a placemaking process because it tends to build a common consciousness over an area.”