Lying adjacent to Hong Kong in the Pearl River Delta, Shenzhen used to be an area filled with small fishing villages.
Shenzhen became a New Town in 1980 when the central Chinese government gave it the status of Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and planned a city on the location. Shenzhen soon became a metropolis and a prototype for both economic and urban reform within China; a controlled experiment of capitalism with a socialist character. In only thirty years, the number of inhabitants has grown from about 300,000 to an unofficial count of almost 16 million, of which 82% doesn’t have a local Hukou and belongs to what can be referred to as the ‘floating population’.
INTI, Shenzhen Urbanism and Architecture Biennale and Shenzhen -Da Lang Government invites Play the City to develop a game addressing the integration of the ‘Floating Population’ into the formal planning system of Da Lang, a district where the residents are to a great extend employed in manufacturing the smart phones for the rest of the world.
-Game development process will start in September 2015. If you are interested in joining the development team, please feel free to contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dutch Stimulation Fund for Creative Industries granted Play the City for the initial research phase of Play Da Lang.