Kids Build Cities
At a recent neighbourhood consultation for the redevelopment of Mirvish Village, Smart Density Architect, Naama Blonder, introduced an innovative strategy to help diffuse some of the angst that often occurs when a neighbourhood gets together to discuss the ramifications of a pending development. Bonder developed an oversized board game called “Kids Build Cities” to allow kids and their parents to experience the often overwhelming challenges developers experience today – particularly when dealing with height and density issues. To win, players must build a city block comprising all aspects of a functioning neighbourhood including housing, schools, parks, fire stations etc. The player chooses the placement of elements and finds solutions for the challenges that go into developing or redeveloping a neighbourhood. Blonder found the kids’ creativity engaging and the community consultation less combative by engaging in the exercise.
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