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As world-renowned American psychologist Charles Schaefer says, “we are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.” The city itself has long been conceptualized as a “playground,” and play is an inescapable part of our current cities, which are a hybrid of physical and electronic spaces. How can play and gaming assist us in reimagining and cocreating urban environments, foster deeper engagement, propel education, and provide solutions to urban problems?
Charles Renfro is a partner at Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, which Fast Company has called the most innovative design practice in the profession and one of the fifty most innovative companies in the world. Renfro is on the faculty of Columbia University.
Kemi Ilesanmi is Executive Director of the Laundromat Project. With over fifteen years of experience in the cultural arena, she is inspired by the immense possibilities for joy and change at the intersection of arts, activism, and community.
Constance Steinkuehler is an Associate Professor in Digital Media at the University of Wisconsin– Madison and codirects the Games+Learning+Society Center at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery. She was also Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she advised on initiatives related to games.
Eric is an award-winning game designer who creates new forms of play on and off the computer. He is a founding faculty at the NYU Game Center and has co-authored Rules of Play, the standard textbook on game design.
MODERATOR: Yancey Strickler
Yancey Strickler is Cofounder of Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. His writing has appeared in New York magazine, Pitchfork, Spin, and the Village Voice, among other publications. He lives in New York City and has personally backed more than 650 Kickstarter projects.