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Co-gnito: a Participatory Physicalization Game for Urban Mental Mapping

Panagiotidou, Georgia; Görücü, Sinem; Nofal, Eslam; Akkar Ercan, Müge; Vande Moere, Andrew; (2022) Co-gnito: a Participatory Physicalization Game for Urban Mental Mapping. In: C&C '22: Creativity and Cognition. (pp. pp. 284-297). ACM Green open access

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Abstract

This study introduces Co-gnito, a participatory physicalization game that supports collaborative urban mental mapping through storytelling. Through Co-gnito we investigate gaming as a means to elicit subjective spatial experiences and to steer the synchronous construction of a physicalization that aligns and represents them. Co-gnito was evaluated during seven deployments by analyzing how 28 players mapped their spatial experiences of two university campuses. Our results indicate that storytelling as a gaming mechanic, guided and motivated the gradual addition of personal contributions towards a collective outcome, but its reward system did not nudge the mapping direction as expected. We also demonstrate how the shared construction process of a physicalization is influenced by how the data encoding scheme was negotiated, by the token physical affordances and by the game mechanics. We therefore believe that our core contributions, comprising of: 1) a working research prototype; 2) an augmentation of the physicalization pipeline towards collaborative settings; and 3) a set of reflective considerations, provide actionable knowledge on how to design participatory physicalizations in the future.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Co-gnito: a Participatory Physicalization Game for Urban Mental Mapping
Event: C&C '22: Creativity and Cognition
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3527927.3532803
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3527927.3532803
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10152969
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