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Urban Interaction Design: Creating Games for Cities

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Due to the global coronavirus outbreak, the AUAS summer school 2020 has been cancelled. We hope to offer this course in 2021. Check or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.


Cities are becoming increasingly complex, both in terms of their social and cultural context, and in the technological solutions that are necessary to make them function. In parallel, we are observing a growing attention towards the public dimension of design, addressing societal challenges and opportunities at an urban scale. The Summer School “Urban Interaction Design: Creating Games for Cities” teaches methodologies for designing playful interactions to address urgent city-wide issues like improving waste management, promoting sustainability, or fostering trust among neighbors.

We understand “Urban Interaction Design” as an innovative niche at the intersection between Digital Design, Pervasive Technologies, Game Design, and Urban Studies / Architecture. This is an experimental domain, still in becoming, and students will have a chance to obtain hands-on experience in an emerging discipline that may lead to new professional opportunities in design agencies, architecture studios, cultural entities, and in the public sector / city administration.

Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
6 Jul 2020 - 17 Jul 2020
level Bachelor / Undergraduate
Credits 4.0 ECTS
Program fee 1,025 EUR
Accommodation fee 420 EUR
Extra information about the fee:
There is a discount of €50 for early bird (apply before 1 April) and for students coming from a partner university or students of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Housing costs are €420 for a double room and €465 for a single room. Apply before 1 May 2020 to be guaranteed of housing
Application deadline 1 May 2020
Entry requirements:
he Summer School is open to Dutch and international applicants. The main audience for this course are students in the last years of their Bachelor’s programs, although we also welcome applicants from Master’s programs or already employed.

Please note that a good command of the English language at upper intermediate level – B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference – is necessary to attend the Summer School.

The Summer School welcomes students from a variety of design backgrounds, with an interest in games and urban spaces. For instance, possible applicants could be students and practitioners in Interaction Design, Communications and Media, Game Design, Architecture, ICT & Creative Technologies, Urban Studies, … This list is not exhaustive and we will examine all applications also on the basis of motivation, previous experiences, and uniqueness
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