CiudadelaSim Urban Modeling Framework and Human-Centered Design (HCD) Learning based Approaches: A pedestrian mobility case study in Monterrey, Mexico

Emmanuel Lopez-NeriJavier Alonso Gomez-DavilaMiriam Carlos-Mancilla
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In this document, a pedestrian mobility project case study is presented. The proposal was developed with design and architecture students from the Universidad del Valle de México, in the city of Monterrey, Mexico, under two main approaches: 1. To use HCD (Human Centered Design) as a learning methodology to solve social problems, and 2. To involve technology as a complementary strategy to strengthen the students’ learning process, by using an urban modeling tool called CiudadelaSIM. Both approaches have the final goal of developing in the students, skills, and competencies such as team-work, research, or social empathy, and the use of digital tools, which are being increasingly requested to the graduates of design and architecture programs, and that are difficultly obtained in a traditional lecturer-centered learning approach. The results of the project were successful, both, because of the impact it generated in the community, and because of the learning and experiences obtained by the students, thus, proving that it is necessary to take risks and look for alternative and innovative teaching schemes for the new generations.

Keywords:  Urban simulation; human-centered design pedagogies; pedestrian mobility

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