Re-architect is created and played on 7scenes. 7scenes is a mobile and online platform to create, play and share GPS games and tours. With 7scenes it’s easy to set up location-based experiences that can have a range of different rules of interaction: from complex multi-user role playing games to interactive treasure hunts to media-rich cultural tours.

Check out the 7scenes website for more info. Soon the making of – from a tech point-of-view – will be posted on this page.

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Install 7scenes on your GPS-enabled mobile phone

First you need a mobile phone with java support like a Nokia N95, N96 or N82. The 7scenes application can be downloaded by visiting http://m.7scenes.com with the browser on the mobile telephone. There you will find a download link – click that link to automatically install the application.

After installing, you will need to make some configurations on the telephone: for the Nokia-type telephones these are as follows:

Open the “Application Manager”, select “7scenes”, and select ‘Open’. On the next screen, make the following adjustments:

Access point: Select the GPRS access point of your provider.
Network access: Select “Always allowed”
Multimedia: Select “Always allowed”
Read user data: Select “Always allowed”
Write user data: Select “Always allowed”
Positioning: Select “Always allowed”

The application will work without these settings, but you will get annoying popups, so it’s better to make these adjustments.

When you start the application, you will be directed to the ‘Profile’ screen. Enter your username and password – don’t have one? request one at info[at]7scenes[dot]com. Once you entered the username and password, the application will automatically log in, and take you to the main ‘Scenes’ screen.

The navigation works as follows: use the ‘softkeys’ (on the N95 the two blue buttons, right under the screen on the left & right) to show the main menu (horizontal, at the bottom) and the ‘options’ submenu (vertical, on the left – not all screens have an options menu).

After starting up you get to the ‘Scenes’ screen. You can select the Scene you want to play there. The main menu allows access to a small help page, a settings screen (sound volume, display brightness and so on)

Once you select a Scene (there should be 1 Scene “Re-architect Hong Kong”), you will be taken to the Scene navigation. When the GPS has established a fix, you will be shown a map, with the first point shown as a small blue marker. The “Options” menu allows you to zoom in and out on the map.

Once you hit the first point, the second one should appear, and so on until you reach the final point on the route.

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Re-architect

to redesign, make fundamental design changes


Re-architect is a game on urban design, play and transformation. The game takes players on a photographic treasure hunt along the architectural past, present and future of the city. As the game unfolds players are asked to respond to design principles, investigate their surroundings and photograph the city from different architectural perspectives.


Individually players will learn more on how they perceive the city, collectively all players create a new map of the city together.


Re-architect can both be played hi-tech, with GPS-enabled phones triggering game content by player’s positions and lo-fi using a hard-copy map.


Re-architect is also very much a discussion platform asking you to comment on the city’s changes not only from a architect’s perspective but also as a resident or visitor responding to public space. What kind of changes would you make in the city?


What would you re-architect?

Business of Design Week ’08

Re-architect is part of the DEtour program at Business of Design Week ’08 Hong Kong (BoDW). The BoDW is referred to as “one of the most significant annual events on the international design calendar , Asia’s leading design event on innovation, design and brand, attracts the best of the global design world to Hong Kong. “ (source bodw.com)

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