Exploring play as a generative and transformative process

Jennifer Wong, Ingrid Mulder

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This work addresses the challenge to support and sustain an information exchange concerning the collection of citizen data to help better inform policymakers of the health risks encountered in the city on a daily basis. In this project, we act as a mediator between the environmental agency (DMCR) and the citizens in order to establish a new way of communication between citizens and the policy advisors. After a thorough analysis of the problem and research with citizens from the region, a user-centred game was designed enabling to collect citizen data, and to facilitate communication between citizens and the DCMR as well as with other community members. The co-creation process with DCMR and citizens and the insights that informed the iterative game design are reported. Through a reflection on process and project outcomes we learned that citizens have further developed their own interest and engagement in environment and air quality, enabling them to pioneer new initiatives based on playful curiosity. The effects of the approach and the potential effects of the final design show greater potential in influencing and engaging citizens through a playful and cooperative approach to citizen involvement in urban policymaking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMediations
Subtitle of host publicationArt and Design Agency and Participation in Public Space
EditorsSaba Golchehr
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoyal College of Art
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-1-910642-18-4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventMediations: Art and Design Agency ans Participation in Public Space - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Nov 201622 Nov 2016


CountryUnited Kingdom


  • Air Quality
  • Co-Design
  • Participation
  • Play
  • Social Design


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