Playable Cities for Children?

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    The concept of playable cities was introduced in the city of Bristol (UK) in 2012. While in smart cities the focus is on efficiency, whether it is on city governance, energy consumption, waste management, communication or transport, in playable cities the focus is on making cities more attractive for its inhabitants and visitors by introducing entertaining, playful and humorous interactive installations in the urban environment. In this paper we look at existing playable city projects, look at their characteristics and see whether their 'playability' can be experienced by others than those who are qualified as the 'smart people' that are usually seen as the 'users' of these playful installations. We mention some criticisms on these projects and also compare the playable cities initiatives with initiatives that aim at making cities more child-friendly.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Affective and Pleasurable Design
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Affective and Pleasurable Design, July 21-25, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA
    EditorsShuichi Fukuda
    Place of PublicationCham
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-94944-4
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-94943-7
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2018
    Event9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, AHFE 2018 - Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Orlando, United States
    Duration: 21 Jul 201825 Jul 2018
    Conference number: 9

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
    ISSN (Print)2194-5357
    ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


    Conference9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, AHFE 2018
    Abbreviated titleAHFE
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
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    • Child-friendly cities
    • Inclusive smart cities
    • Playable cities
    • Smart cities


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