Gamification

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Digital Tool ‘Gamifies’ Planning Decisions

Interactive platforms help stakeholders visualize and understand the challenges faced by planners in distributing new housing construction, building infrastructure, and other projects.

August 14, 2022 - Bloomberg

Florida Pedestrians

Earn Rewards for Traveling for by Foot, Bike, Bus, or Train

The city of Orlando is partnering with the Miles app.

May 9, 2021 - Orlando Weekly

Kids

The App That Puts Street Design Powers Into the Hands of Children

For the first time ever, Norway is crowdsourcing public safety information from kids—made possible through the powers of smart phones and gamification.

September 12, 2016 - The Guardian

Cards Against Urbanity

One Year Later: What has Cards Against Urbanity Taught Planners?

Reflection on the education provided by the irreverent game called Cards Against Urbanity has led the game's creators to create a new, less snarky version of the game.

October 21, 2015 - Next City

Fisherman's Wharf

Tips for Planners to Design Memorable Tourism Experiences

Tourists' expectations when they travel are becoming increasingly sophisticated, seeking stimulating and meaningful experiences. The new book Gamification in Tourism shares how cities are designing memorable experiences.

October 12, 2015 - Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Cards Against Urbanity

Planners, Architects Launch 'Cards Against Urbanity'

The only thing surprising about Cards Against Urbanity, a cities- and city-planner-focused parody of Cards Against Humanity, is that nobody thought of it sooner.

September 17, 2014 - Elevation DC

Play Planner With Auckland Growth Simulator

In a quest to develop a plan to house the additional 1 million people expected to grow New Zealand's largest city in the next 30 years, Auckland is asking residents to submit ideas by using a "housing simulator" game.

April 23, 2013 - Fast Company Co.Exist

Can Gamification Bring New Voices to the Planning Process?

A new Internet-based game hopes to expand the allure of civic engagement by making planning playful. Trial runs in Detroit and Salem, Massachusetts have already shown promise in attracting new voices to the planning process.

March 29, 2013 - Fast Company Co.Exist

Sustainability's Latest Tool: Gamification

Already popular in several sectors, 'gamification' is increasingly being used to educate and engage the public around sustainability issues. Can "using fun and games for serious purposes" bring about environmental improvements?

March 11, 2013 - The Guardian

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