Published in Inflection Journal, Melbourne School of Design, 2016
Facilitating communication and cooperation is a challenge for anyone who seeks to achieve change and reform in architecture and other disciplines. This article discusses a project that seeks to overcome this problem through a participatory design process enhanced by mobile gaming. Deployed on smartphones, the project’s custom-built game – PocketPedal – is designed to accompany conventional participatory methods. The toolkit created through this work can be used in design workshops to facilitate communication across habitual divides and to support imagination and creativity. The current iteration of the project applies its methods to the challenge of reforming urban cycling in Melbourne. More specifically, it investigates one of the city’s characteristic and intractable cycling challenges: St Kilda Road.