Dramatic character development personas to tailor apartment designs for different residential lifestyles
Foth, Marcus, Satchell, Christine, Bilandzic, Mark, Hearn, Gregory N., & Shelton, Danielle (2011) Dramatic character development personas to tailor apartment designs for different residential lifestyles. In Foth, Marcus, Forlano, Laura, Satchell, Christine, & Gibbs, Martin (Eds.) From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen : Urban Informatics, Social Media, Ubiquitous Computing, and Mobile Technology to Support Citizen Engagement. MIT Press, Cambridge, Masschusetts, United States of America, pp. 461-484.
This chapter reports on research work that aims to overcome some limitations of conventional community engagement for urban planning. Adaptive and human-centred design approaches that are well established in human-computer interaction (such as personas and design scenarios) as well as creative writing and dramatic character development methods (such as the Stanislavsky System and the Meisner Technique) are yet largely unexplored in the rather conservative and long-term design context of urban planning. Based on these approaches, we have been trialling a set of performance based workshop activities to gain insights into participants’ desires and requirements that may inform the future design of apartments and apartment buildings in inner city Brisbane. The focus of these workshops is to analyse the behaviour and lifestyle of apartment dwellers and generate residential personas that become boundary objects in the cross-disciplinary discussions of urban design and planning teams. Dramatisation and embodied interaction of use cases form part of the strategies we employed to engage participants and elicit community feedback.
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