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Encounters and content sharing in an urban village : reading texts through an archaeological lens

Garcia, Nicole, Foth, Marcus, & Hearn, Gregory N. (2010) Encounters and content sharing in an urban village : reading texts through an archaeological lens. In Willis, Katharine S., Roussos, George, Chorianopoulos, Konstantinos, & Struppek, Mirjam (Eds.) Shared Encounters : Content Sharing as Social Glue in Public Places. Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 209-226.

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      Abstract

      Archaeology provides a framework of analysis and interpretation that is useful for disentangling the textual layers of a contemporary lived-in urban space. The producers and readers of texts may include those who planned and developed the site and those who now live, visit and work there. Some of the social encounters and content sharing between these people may be artificially produced or manufactured in the hope that certain social situations will occur. Others may be serendipitous. With archaeology’s original focus on places that are no longer inhabited it is often only the remaining artefacts and features of the built environment that form the basis for interpreting the social relationships of past people. Our analysis however, is framed within a contemporary notion of archaeological artefacts in an urban setting. Unlike an excavation, where the past is revealed through digging into the landscape, the application of landscape archaeology within a present day urban context is necessarily more experiential, visual and based on recording and analysing the physical traces of social encounters and relationships between residents and visitors. These physical traces are present within the creative content, and the built and natural elements of the environment. This chapter explores notions of social encounters and content sharing in an urban village by analysing three different types of texts: the design of the built environment; content produced by residents through a geospatial web application; and, print and online media produced in digital storytelling workshops.

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      ID Code: 26672
      Item Type: Book Chapter
      Keywords: content sharing, master-planned development, urban village, landscape archaeology, urban informatics
      DOI: 10.1007/978-1-84882-727-1_11
      ISBN: 9781848827264
      Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
      Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Design (120508)
      Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
      Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > ARCHAEOLOGY (210100) > Archaeology not elsewhere classified (210199)
      Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Digital and Interaction Design (120304)
      Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
      Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
      Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
      Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Springer.
      Deposited On: 06 Aug 2009 10:38
      Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 09:13

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