We conducted the simulation game for 60 participants of the congress. For the simulation game, the participants – most of them public administration employees, but also researchers and real estate businesspeople – adopted the roles of architects, investors, journalists, and residents of the fictitious town Großbürgerhausen. In an open council meeting, the participants discussed how the fallow land of the old weaving mill can be used in the future. The interests of the group of investors, the municipal administration and the various townspeople ranged from building town houses on the premises to keeping the area as a free space in the town centre.
The project focuses on municipality staff, in order to establish multiplicators of inclusive planning within local administrations.
The participants were encouraged to engage with questions of citizen participation and communication in town development from a new perspective.