City-Game

Contribution to the exhibition »Here comes the sun«, Dortmund, Berlin, 2010

The City-Game is a contribution to the exhibition Here comes the sun, which was initiated on the occasion of the Science Year 2010 through the Federal Ministry for Education and Research in cooperation with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the neuen Universum e.v.

As action game for seven- to twelve-year-olds, two groups have the task to destroy the opponent’s city and to “survive” as long as possible the climate-fight with their own city. Two teams build a city out of twelve coloured foam cubes. Symbols on the cubes define the city’s character in transportation, living, energy, green and shopping. From the nuclear power plant to the solar energy plant, from the roof garden to the pizza factory, every characteristic has its meaning. A wheel of fortune decides the future of the built cities. “The Oil reserves are running low!” – Who did built a bike-only street is lucky and is allowed to remove cubes from the opponent’s structure. However, if you did decide to built a moon express, you yourself will have to get rid of some cubes. The loss of “city-cubes” now in turn limits the scope of action of the city in the “future”. Playfully easy, children are able to learn through quick action-response which consequences their actions could have on the future. Sustainable and resource friendly elements of the city can save the own city and secure survival.

Duration:
July 15 - August 29, 2010 – mondo mio!, Dortmund
September 6 – October 31, 2010 – Uferhallen, Berlin