5642Re: [carfree_cities] article on computer simulation
- Mar 10, 2003Hi Chris,
Thanks very much for the extremely thorough follow-up. It should be a
fairly simple matter for me to get in touch with someone now.
>I took a look at the site for the Institute described in this portion----------------------------------------------------------------------
>of the article:
>>> �Sustainability,� says Dave Biggs, �is what people choose when they
>>> understand the consequences of their choices.�
>>> Biggs, a systems manager at the University of British Columbia�s
>>> Sustainable Development Research Institute, helps people of different
>>> philosophical backgrounds forge a common future with an innovative
>>> Web-based game called QUEST, which lets tens of thousands of users
>>> model and reshape the future of the towns where they live. In the
>>> process, writes James Hrynyshyn in New Scientist (July 27, 2002), they
>>> may be changing the future of urban planning and democratic decision
>The address is:
>There's quite a bit of info here about what they are doing, and links
>to the Institute's numerous members, however I can't locate the Dave
>Biggs mentioned in the article. Here is a press release from 1996 about
>the game, when Dave Biggs was a grad student. The address:
>The press release:
>QUEST peers into Vancouver's future
> What will Vancouver and the Fraser Valley be like in the year 2030?
>The answer is in your hands when you play QUEST, a computer game aimed
>at making complex urban planning issues accessible to the average
>citizen. The game, developed by master's student David Biggs and
>colleagues at the Sustainable Development Research Institute (SDRI),
>gives players decision-making power over all areas of planning in the
>Lower Mainland. Players watch the consequences of their ideas and
>policies unfold over four decades from 1990 to 2030.
>Contact: David Biggs, graduate student, Sustainable Development
>Some more recent (1999) news about Dave Biggs and QUEST:
>This article contains a link to the company Biggs and a colleague
>formed to develop and market QUEST:
>This is recent, as witnessed by the following at the bottom of their
>Copyright 2002 Envision Sustainability Tools
> info@... | p: 604.225.2000 | f: 604.225.2001
> Website Design by Communicopia.Net
>This site seems to have what you're looking for.
>Best of luck, and I hope this helps advance things!
>On Sunday, March 9, 2003, at 08:30 am, J.H. Crawford wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> This is fascinating. It's a project I've wanted to do for years,
>> and here somebody has gone and done it!
>> Alas, when I went to the web site, I couldn't find a working link
>> to the game; I found the link, but it's not clickable. I've got my
>> security setting very high. Has anyone been able to make this work?
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