Trust in Play
In 2019-2020 the MICA Game Lab took part in an amazing project called Trust in Play – The European School of Urban Game Design. The project is a partnership with the European Union the Gothe Institut, the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and EdgeRyders. We got to take part as part of the Nomadic branch of the school as the only US representatives.
Trust in Play supports emerging professionals in the field of urban game design, mentoring them to build a sustainable practice and playfully exploring new relationships of trust in cities.
The school offers three branches, one in Amsterdam, one in Athens and a Nomadic branch for trainees in other european cities and is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
We sent a small team of students to the training week in Athens Greece where they worked and learned alongside a wide array of international designers and researchers. The team then worked with our Game Lab manager and faculty Matteo Uguzzoni, developing a project in Baltimore as well with the original plan to take the designed game back to festivals in Europe in 2020 and 2021.
Due to Covid-19, these plans are on hold but our team has been producing a podcast, a anthology of small urban games and are still participating in the vibrant online community.