09.12.12

The board game about gentrification

From the Canadian artist Flavio Trevsian, a board game based on Monopoly and Life in which players redevelop a once-blighted Toronto neighborhood:

Playing the game is fairly simple. Everyone assumes an identity, from mayor to developer to resident of the demolished development. There’s even an “academic urban theorist” and “skyscraper enthusiast.” Players are directed by a “decision engine” that generates building types. A “tabula rasa rake” wipes the board clean. The whole thing makes the process feel terrifyingly random. “It is ultimately not a fun game to play,” explains Trevisan.

Read the instruction booklet for the Game of Urban Renewal here