This project aims to develop a board game that will help players collectively experience the life of tropical urban birds across three seasons of a year.
The most common form in which city dwellers encounter wildlife is through the plants and animals that live in urban surroundings. Yet urban biodiversity draws very little attention from the city-folk. As a part of this project, we plan to conceptualize, design and develop a board game that helps its players collectively experience the life of tropical urban birds across three seasons of a year. The game will operate on a representative map-board of a dynamic cityscape inspired by diverse habitats and landmarks of urban and peri-urban regions of Bangalore. Through this game, we hope to connect people to nature within contexts that they can relate to. We envision the interactive format and across the table conversations prompted by the play experience of this game, to enable players to learn about the challenges that an ever-changing urban environment creates for birds. Our audience are mainly young adults, but we also aim to keep it accessible to all residents of Bangalore across different age groups. We hope that the game will invoke curiosity and sensitize its players to the changes in their city and its impact on urban wildlife, making them more aware and empathetic.
By Prasad Sandbhor, Priti Bangal
Start Date: August 2021