Can we ‘Catch ‘em All’? An exploration of the nexus between augmented reality games, urban planning and urban design

Potts, Ruth and Jacka, Lisa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1389-8978 and Yee, Lachlan Hartley (2017) Can we ‘Catch ‘em All’? An exploration of the nexus between augmented reality games, urban planning and urban design. Journal of Urban Design, 22 (6). pp. 866-880. ISSN 1357-4809


Abstract

Urban planners and designers have spent the last 50 years trying to activate unused public spaces, create walkable cities and encourage sociability through urban design. Pokemon Go has succeeded, almost overnight, to entice people of all demographics into the streets of cities around the world. In fact, many previously underutilized public spaces have suddenly become hot spots for all demographics, playing Pokemon Go and other similar augmented reality games (ARGs). While anecdotally it seems that ARGs activate public spaces, increase community interactions and facilitate exploration of urban spaces, little study has been done on the influence of ARGs on sense of place, or the way in which these games are influencing player engagement with the public spaces they are playing within. This paper reports the findings of a survey of 994 Australian players. The paper explores whether ARGs affect user needs being met in public spaces, and the implications of these findings for urban practitioners.


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Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2021 06:30
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2021 04:05
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120508 Urban Design
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120501 Community Planning
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330411 Urban design
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1399 Other culture and society > 139999 Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2017.1369873
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42257

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