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  • CRASH COURSE OR COURSE CRASH: Gaming, VR and a Pedagogical Approach

    Dr. Brent Chamberlain Landscape Architecture & Regional and Community Planning Kansas State University

    DLA Conference 2015 June 6, 2015

  • BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT

    • Geospatially-focused course • Graduate and undergraduate Mix • Little GIS knowledge, none for City Engine and Unity

  • QUESTION

    How might I augment existing curriculum to grow spatial thinking, improve spatial design, and solidify fundamental landscape planning concepts (using new and fun techniques)?

  • TASK(S)

    Develop a City

    • Using a design process • Learning about data needs • Real-time interaction &

    feedback

    Develop our City

    • City of Manhattan, KS • Implement CityEngine

    “wireframe”

    • Aggieville representation • Unity Migration

  • METHODSsimcity • Game-based pedagogy

    (with no game training)

    • Team-based • Objectives: budget, approval rating,

    population size, creativity

    • Unlimited funds • Trial edition (4 hour limit)

  • WATER

    AIR POLLUTION

    EDUCATION FIRE RISK

    WIND POTENTIAL

    RESOURCES (IRON ORE)

  • RESULTSsimcity

  • Mix residential,

    Isolated industrial (down wind);

    Transit-oriented development,

    Rapid transit on loop, to:

    maximize happiness

  • METHODScityengine Develop our City

    • City of Manhattan, KS • Implement City Engine “wireframe” • Aggieville representation • Unity Migration

  • RESULTScityengine

    • Completed development of GIS dataset • Infastructure representation • CityEngine wireframe and Unity Integration

  • DISCUSSIONsimcity

    • Excellent learning opportunity • Need to (slightly) modify game conditions

    How enjoyable was the experience working with SimCity in class? (4.8, +0.4 of 5.0)

    How useful was the SimCity exercise for understanding the

    use of geospatial information for decision making and/or suitability analyses (4.4, +0.6 of 5.0)

  • DISCUSSIONcityengine

    How enjoyable was the experience working with CityEngine in

    class (3.5, +1.1 of 5)?

    Would you have like to spend more time working with

    CityEngine (4.1, +0.9 or 5.0)?

  • CONCLUSION

    • Continued use of SimCity • Excellent tool for data-informed design

    • CityEngine integration requires course overhaul • Useful tool for visualization • Students are interested, but lose attention quickly • Requires new set of tutorials and training

    • A qualitative improvement in spatial thinking, design, and understanding of fundamental landscape planning concepts.

  • Dr. Brent Chamberlain Landscape Architecture & Regional and Community Planning

    Kansas State University http://brentchamberlain.org

    DLA Conference 2015 June 6, 2015