Game involves residents in urban planning

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A computer game by a Hasselt University PhD student Simona Sofronie is designed to involve residents in the urban planning processes

“To help people assess the impact of planning propositions”

Simona Sofronie, PhD student at Hasselt University, has developed a “location-based educational game”, with the goal of involving citizens more in spatial and urban planning. In the game, players carry out practical assignments in a space that has to be redesigned, encouraging them to think about new opportunities.

A demo has already been tested by students, who had to design routes for people who needed to cross a square. “They had to adjust the space to encourage people to take a different route, which helped them to reflect on the correlation between space and behaviour,” explained Sofronie. “This kind of insights should help people to assess the impact of spatial planning propositions and possibly to formulate counter-proposals.”

Sofronie thinks it’s important to link the game to social networks in order to stimulate a discussion, including with non-players.

A computer game by a Hasselt University PhD student Simona Sofronie is designed to involve residents in the urban planning processes.

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Hasselt University

Established in the 1970s, Hasselt University (UHasselt) is one of Flanders’ youngest universities. With six faculties, seven research institutes and two campuses, it’s become an established education and research centre.
PhD - UHasselt awarded Flanders’ first-ever doctorate in architecture in 2011.
Partners - The university works with Maastricht University in the Netherlands on many research projects and degree programmes.
Jail time - The centrepiece of the university’s city campus is the renovated 19th-century prison that houses the law programme.
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