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Participatory design of office spaces by game playing?

Juli 2008 | Annelise de Jong, Evi De Bruyne

Paper for the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International congres in Las Vegas. The paper describes the evaluation of the Workplace Game and its potential to be developed as participatory office design game. The Workplace game is intended to anticipate on people’s behavior in future office buildings. The game was evaluated in an observational study of a recently played session.  The study showed that workers discuss various working situations, and their behavior in it, but that the game set up influences expressing individual behavior. A short overview of existing participatory design games is presented. Some options are described to develop the Workplace game into a communication and co-development tool with both designers and office workers.


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