The game is played using three components:

    1. Street map (the game board)
    2. Urban design elements (game pieces)
    3. Game scenarios (sustainability priorities)

Each game play is run according to a timed process that includes:

Goal: The game can be played along a spectrum of goals that may include: to experiment with the concept of street transformation; to develop street designs according to Greenest City strategies; or to develop street designs as part of a public consultation process.

Large Group Brainstorm: The group brainstorm allows participants to collaboratively define the current and proposed context for game play. A simple question such as What is livability to you? allows participants to discuss the built and social environment that exists in their own neighbourhoods.

Introduction to Policies: The Green Streets Game is nested in the City of Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Greenways policy, which allows residents to transform roadways into greenspaces. Participants’ knowledge of existing neighbourhood greenway projects is essential in providing credibility and relevance to the potential for street transformation.

Scenarios: Scenarios are stories that relate a hypothetical residents’ experiences to specific urban sustainability priorities. Priorities may be determined through the game goal, the large group brainstorm, or according to specific policy or grant requirements (for example, Greenest City Strategies such as Local Food or Active Transportation).

Design Elements: If game scenarios are the ‘what,’ then design elements are the ‘how.’ Participants break into small groups, and are given time to analyze a variety of elements such as park benches, rain gardens, bike lanes, community gardens, and street lights, in order to determine how they can achieve the scenarios.

Collaborative Play: Within the small groups, participants are given time to draw their selection of design elements onto the board game.

Large Group Share: All participants are able to share their small group’s choice of design elements and implementation strategy.

Repeat: New scenarios may be added during successive rounds, in order to examine the synergies between sustainability priorities.

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