1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Games in Architecture and Urban Planning Tools for Design, Teaching, and Research

Edited By Marta Brković Dodig, Linda N. Groat Copyright 2020
    274 Pages 92 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    274 Pages 92 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Games in Architecture and Urban Planning aims to identify and showcase the rich diversity of games, including: simulation games, game-like approaches, game scenarios, and gamification processes for teaching/learning, design and research in architecture and urban planning.

    This collection creates an opportunity for exchange and reflection on games in architecture and urban planning. Theoretical discussions, descriptive accounts, and case studies presenting empirical evidence are featured; combined with reflections, constructive critical analysis, discussions of connections, and various influences on this field.

    Twenty-eight international contributors have come together from eleven countries and five continents to present their studies on games in architecture and urban planning, pose new questions, and advocate for innovative perspectives.

    Chapter 1 – Introduction – Architecture and Urban Planning? Game On!

    Games as Tools for Teaching/Learning, Design and Research in Architecture and Urban


    Marta Brković Dodig and Linda N. Groat




    Chapter 2 – Room for play in architecture – die Baupiloten architectural co-design games

    Susanne Hofmann


    Chapter 3 – Games are Political - Challenging municipal collaborative practices for

    sustainable urban transition through game co-design

    Mette Agger Eriksen

    Maria Hellström Reimer

    Majken Toftager Larsen


    Chapter 4 – Everyday as an open-ended material in architectural design games

    Christina Lundsgaard

    Eva Brandt




    Chapter 5 – Playing Pretend: An Interview with Prof. Steven Mankouce

    Kimia Erfani

    Marta Brković Dodig

    Linda Groat

    Steven Mankouche


    Chapter 6 – ScarCity Game: The Pedagogy of Scarce Design Processes

    Axel Becerra Santacruz


    Chapter 7 – The World of Energy Games

    Malini Srivastava




    Chapter 8 – Architecture as a gaming board: Pervasive energy games

    Malini Srivastava


    Chapter 9 – Urbanity: Developing children’s critical thinking through urban educational game

    Eszter Tóth

    Anna Szilágyi-Nagy


    Chapter 10 – Design as Crossword puzzle solving: the role of game in merging research and design

    Seyed Ali Javid


    Chapter 11 – The Modern Architecture Game: A learning tool on modern architecture history for the international audience

    NEXT Architects




    Chapter 12 – Energy geogame e-footprints prototype designed to collect data about human behavior in built environments

    Alenka Poplin


    Chapter 13 – Spector – The Sustainability Inspector: Teaching, learning and evaluation through a participatory and exploratory game

    Marta Brković Dodig

    Prue Chiles




    Chapter 14 – Reversing the co-design process: Co-design tools for post occupancy evaluation

    Christina Lundsgaard




    Chapter 15 – The Sorting Task: Its versatility and adaptability in research, teaching and practice

    Linda N. Groat

    Matthew Niermann

    Brian Schermer


    Chapter 16 – Games as Urban Agora: An Analysis of Three Games as Research, Co-design and Educational Tools



    Marta Brković Dodig is Assistant Professor at Union University Nikola Tesla in Belgrade, Serbia. She has been researching, teaching and practicing architecture in Serbia, England, Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, and the USA. Her main interests lie in sustainable design, learning environments design and pedagogic architecture, participatory architecture, research and design methods in architecture, architecture and built environment education, and games in architecture and urban planning. Currently, she holds the Alexander von Humboldt PostDoc position at the Chair for Urban Design and Urban Development, TU Berlin, Germany, where she explores international policy and practice in built environment education for children and young people.

    Linda N. Groat is Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. Her areas of expertise include: environmental meaning, participatory processes in design, empirical aesthetics, place theory, and gender and minority issues in architectural education. Her special focus in doctoral education has been on research design and methods; and her co-authored book, Architectural Research Methods (2002, 2nd edition 2013, both editions in Chinese) is used both in the US and internationally. Her research has been published widely to reach both professional and academic audiences in journals such as: Architecture, Progressive Architecture, Journal of Architectural Education, and Journal of Environmental Psychology.

    "Essential reading for those devising participatory methods in spatial design. Brkovic Dodig and Groat have choreographed an inspiring primer on the theory and practice of design games, leaving space for the reader to continue to play."
    Rosie Parnell, Professor of Architecture, Northumbria University


    "Playing, especially with objects, creates an inclusive, safe space for participants to be themselves, erase barriers, and collaborate not compete with each other. It raises their consciousness of the built environment to understand their attachment to place, realize they are their own experts, and why planning matters."
    James Rojas, Founder, Place It!