UBC Undergraduate Research

An investigation into fostering vibrant social spaces through games and activities Bazzana, Aaron; Ngaserin, Cindy; Kerr, Curtis; Wang, Luke


This report will look into ways of making enjoyable social spaces in the new Student Union Building (SUB). Currently at UBC there is not enough social spaces where people can relax and have fun or study in a relaxing multi-tasking environment. There will be space allocated in the new SUB for small lounges for students to relax and socialize in. These spaces will contain couches, tables, and games. This report uses the new SUB layout, survey results, and research to suggest which games should be included in the new SUB. The results show that pool tables are popular and that they fit the requirements of a social space. Foosball tables and Ping-Pong tables also fit the requirements of a social space but the focus of the report is on pool tables as they are the number one choice. They can be considered if space is available and they are in demand. It is suggested that the AMS rents pool tables or buy a cheap synthetic table, to see how students respond to the tables. If the response is positive a slate pool table should be purchased, as they are more durable than a synthetic table. Pool tables create the relaxed social atmosphere that the space wishes to provide. The AMS can also consider buying foosball tables or Ping-Pong tables as alternatives to pool. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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