'Cilvia' Gamifies the Process of Urban Planning for Working Architects

By: Joey Haar - Aug 16, 2016
References: cilvia & dezeen
Architecture usually brings to mind romantic and grand scenes of creative collaboration and "eureka!" moments, but Cilvia recognizes that architecture has its less glamorous side as well. The game is a masters project by Johnny Liu, a Royal College of Art graduate, that gamifies the nitty gritty aspects of getting a building approved in a real world city.

Cilvia takes place in a digitized version of the city of London. In the multiplayer game, architects can submit building plans for review. The virtual city will deny proposals that violate certain constraints, and compliant proposals go on to be viewable for other architects playing.

Though the game is fictional in its current iteration, a similar system could be used in the real world, with the benefit of allowing any architect to plan their own building based on the buildings that might be around it in the future.