Designing for place-based social interaction of urban residents in Mexico, South Africa and Australia
Foth, Marcus, Gonzalez, Victor M., & Taylor, Wallace (2006) Designing for place-based social interaction of urban residents in Mexico, South Africa and Australia. In Kjeldskov, Jesper & Paay, Jeni (Eds.) Proceedings of : OZCHI : 18th Australia conference on Computer-Human Interaction: Design: Activities, Artefacts and Environments, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Sydney, N.S.W., pp. 345-348.
The design of technology to facilitate social interaction of urban residents is increasingly important for many countries around the world. México and South Africa are particularly prone to issues that stem from urban densification and a lack of adequate affordable housing. Governments look to ICT to take on a mediating and facilitating role. This paper reports on research-in-progress of a tri-continental study. The external factors and aims of this pilot project identifying local case studies to prepare for a larger and longer term international comparison of local community networking approaches are examined. It is argued that by careful attention to cultural and social assets in the community, innovations will be engendered which enhance economic and social development. Preliminary design implications for the support of neighbourhood interactions across different socio-cultural contexts are presented.
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