Games and Play in the Creative, Smart and Ecological City

Dale Leorke (Editor), Marcus Owens (Editor)

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This book explores what games and play can tell us about contemporary processes of urbanization and examines how the dynamics of gaming can help us understand the interurban competition that underpins the entrepreneurialism of the smart and creative city. Games and Play in the Creative, Smart and Ecological City is a collection of chapters written by an interdisciplinary group of scholars from game studies, media studies, play studies, architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning. It situates the historical evolution of play and games in the urban landscape and outlines the scope of the various ways games and play contribute to the city’s economy, cultural life and environmental concerns. In connecting games and play more concretely to urban discourses and design strategies, this book urges scholars to consider their growing contribution to three overarching sets of discourses that dominate urban planning and policy today: the creative and cultural economies of cities; the smart and playable city; and ecological cities. This interdisciplinary work will be of great interest to students and scholars of game studies, play studies, landscape architecture (and allied design fields), urban geography, and art history.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages280
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-00776-0
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-44123-4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2020
Publication typeC2 Edited book

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Sustainable Urbanism


  • game studies
  • Tourism
  • urban policies
  • urban studies
  • Play
  • smart cities
  • creative cities
  • Sustainability

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 3


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