Empowering Stakeholders – Simulation Games As a Participatory Method

Jan Eckert
Hochschule Luzern – Technik & Architektur, Kompetenzzentrum Typologie & Planung in Architektur (CCTP), Horw, Switzerland

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Ingår i: Service Design Geographies. Proceedings of the ServDes.2016 Conference

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 125:39, s. 480-487

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Publicerad: 2016-05-17

ISBN: 978-91-7685-738-0

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


In cross-disciplinary projects, stakeholders often come with different abilities to express their requirements or negotiate future scenarios. To meet these different abilities, a participatory approach offers a variety of methods that can create a platform for discussions but not always can exclude emerging hierarchies between different stakeholder groups. In this context simulation games represent an interesting alternative to act and discuss in an altered space by providing a playful approach. This paper reports on the development of Work A Round, a simulation game designed for the consultancy and planning in the field of multi– located knowledge work and workplace design. It further discusses, how simulation games might be used in a research context as well and whether they might compete with classical qualitative methods.


simulation games, participatory methods, architectural planning


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