How To Create A Playable City • Discoverology

How To Create A Playable City

Architecture, Cities, Explainers

Technology may be reshaping how we engage with urban spaces, but does it risk sucking the life out of them in the process? We explore some of the creative projects that are making our cities more playful.

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