Date of Award

2012

Embargo Period

10-30-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Design (MDes)

Department

Design

Advisor(s)

Gill Wildman

Second Advisor

Nick Durrant

Abstract

“Hey Neighbor! Let’s Play.” Is a masters thesis evaluating the effects games and playful interactions have in building a sense of community. Throughout the thesis, I researched the emotional connections urban residents have with their communities and neighbors, and used the research data to develop installations for play throughout pedestrian staircases in the Southside Slopes, an urban neighborhood in Pittsburgh. From these installations, I collected user feedback and evaluated how the games affected various residents of the community. From the feedback, I was able to ultimately establish several design principles to inspire and facilitate future designers interested in designing neighborhood-based games.

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