EquiCity Game: digital serious gaming for participatory city planning and management

The project developed the EquiCity serious game engine for mediating decision-making processes in urban planning, urban area redevelopment and architectural design (massing) of urban residential complexes, especially to provide mechanisms for involving less powerful stakeholders (ordinary citizens who may be neighbors of the site or its future residents).

The game provides a methodology for an interactive urban(re)development process using digital tools to design new configurations, in particular for heritage buildings and sites. The gaming platform is used as such to facilitate roundtable discussions for participatory planning and design processes.
Keywords: Multi-Actor Network, Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Public Participation, Serious Gaming, Urban Planning & Management.


Funder: NWO
Programme: Application form NWA Ideeëngenerator / Idea Generator 2019-2
Overall budget:
Grant amount: € 50.000
Contribution to TU Delft: € 
Grant number:  NWA.1228.192.313
Role TU Delft:  Lead partner
Project duration: 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021
(Extension until 31st December 2021)
TU Delft researchers:                 Prof.dr. Ana Pereira Roders 
Dr. Pirouz Nourian 
Dr. Bruno de Andrade 
Ir. Shervin Azadi 

Project partners

Heritage & Values chair
Design Informatics chair
Department of Architectural Engineering and Technology, BK, TU Delft


Dr. Pirouz Nourian