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Wednesday, July 15 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Resilient Cities, Play and the Return to Public Space

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All cities invest in play - from playgrounds to sports stadiums. When the pandemic fades, how should play return to public space? Can we play more deliberately to build community ties? Can play protect culture, and resist displacement? Even before the pandemic, digital media was changing how millions of people experience place, from Pokémon GO to flashmobs and AR storytelling. This roundtable will look for answers from experts in game design, community placemaking and play.

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Benjamin Stokes

Assistant Professor, American University Game Lab
Benjamin Stokes' new book is "Locally Played: Real-World Games for Stronger Places."  He teaches in the Game Lab at American University in Washington, DC. He is a co-founder of Games for Change. Previously, Benjamin worked at the MacArthur Foundation in their portfolio on Digital... Read More →

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Nidhi Gulati

Senior Director of Programs and Projects, Project for Public Spaces
Nidhi Gulati is a Senior Director at Project for Public Spaces. She oversees the development and execution of multiple program areas, each with their own set of projects, and manages a team of placemakers. Nidhi’s professional interests lie at the intersection of city design, gender... Read More →
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Yennie Solheim

Head of Social Impact, Niantic, Inc.
Yennie Solheim leads the social impact work at Niantic, finding ways to create real world impact through the technology Niantic creates. Notable projects include an annual Earth Day campaign, hundreds of hyper local community events around the world, and partnerships with organizations... Read More →

Wednesday July 15, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT