Urban Gaming Simulation for Enhancing Disaster Resilience. A Social Learning Tool for Modern Disaster Risk Management

  • Sarunwit Promsaka Na Sakonnakron Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning University of Sassari
  • Pongpisit Huyakorn Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning University of Sassari
  • Paola Rizzi Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning University of Sassari
Keywords: Gaming Simulation, Risk Communication, Social Learning, Urban Resilience


An emergence of the disaster resilience concept broadens the idea of urban risk management and, at the same time, enhances a theoretical aspect in a way in which we can develop our cities without making it more vulnerable to natural disasters.  Nevertheless, this theoretical plausibility is hardly translated into a practical implication for urban planning, as the concept of resilience remain limited to some scholars’ debate. One of substantial factors that limit the understanding of people about disaster risk an resilience is a lack of risk awareness and risk preparedness, which can be solved by restructuring social learning process that enable a process of mutual learning between experts and the public. This study, therefore, focuses on providing insights into the difficulties of disaster risk communication we face, and how gaming simulation can be taken as a communication technique in enhancing social learning, which is regarded as a fundamental step of disaster risk management prior the mitigation process takes place. The study argues that the gaming simulation can facilitate planners in acquiring risk information from the community, conceiving the multitude of complex urban physical and socio-economic components, and conceptualizing innovative solutions to cope with disaster risks mutually with the public.


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Author Biographies

Sarunwit Promsaka Na Sakonnakron, Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning University of Sassari

He earned a bachelor's degree in Urban Planning (Thammasat University, Thailand) and got a Master's degree in policy sciences (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan). He is now a PhD candidate of Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning (University of Sassari, Italy).

Pongpisit Huyakorn, Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning University of Sassari

He received his bachelor's degree in Urban Planning from Thammasat University, Thailand, and got a Master's degree in policy sciences from Ritsumeikan University, Japan. Recently, he has decided to pursue a doctorate in urban planning, and he is now a PhD candidate of Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning (University of Sassari, Italy).

Paola Rizzi, Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning University of Sassari

She is a Professor of the Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning at University of Sassari. She has more than 15 years of experience in gaming simulation and urban planning. She is a founder and director of the international summer school ISAGA (international simulation and gaming association). She was a visiting professor of Virginia Tech, School of Public and International Affairs, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. During the last decade, she has also taken a role as a visiting professor of Ritsumeikan University, Kochi University, Nagoya University, and etc. She was also part of the steering committee of ISAGA, ACRI, and the board of directors of many institutions and associations, such as CUPUM – Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management.


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How to Cite
Promsaka Na Sakonnakron, S., Huyakorn, P., & Rizzi, P. (2014). Urban Gaming Simulation for Enhancing Disaster Resilience. A Social Learning Tool for Modern Disaster Risk Management. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment. https://doi.org/10.6092/1970-9870/2563