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the United States of America

Date of visit

19 - 22 April

Purpose of visit

Paolo Pedercini and Eric Gordon participate in the conference Games for Cities which is organized by Play the City and parters like Het Nieuwe Instituut. The conference takes place at Het Nieuwe Instituut on 20 and 21 April and aims to create a platform for knowledge exchange on games that have the potential to facilitate more effective and inclusive city-making.


Paolo Pedercini is a game designer specialising in social critique through apparently simple casual video games, where he integrates digital storytelling and game-based mechanics with the discursive genres of satire and propaganda. He currently teaches media production and an experimental game design class at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also the founder of Molleindustria, a project of re-appropriation of videogames that since 2003 has excelled in the creation of products testing the boundaries of gaming.

Eric Gordon is an Associate Professor and the founding director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College – an applied research lab on the future of civics. His work focuses on games and playful engagement in civic life. He has designed games for organisations such as the UN Development Program, the International Red Cross / Red Crescent, and the World Bank, as well as municipal governments throughout the United States.