Urban acupuncture: Hybrid social and technological practices for hyperlocal placemaking

Houghton, Kirralie, Foth, Marcus, & Miller, Evonne (2015) Urban acupuncture: Hybrid social and technological practices for hyperlocal placemaking. Journal of Urban Technology, 22(3), pp. 3-19.

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Abstract

This paper considers an emerging planning practice that uses networked connections to interact with urban places and re-create enlivened cities. The paper presents “urban acupuncture” as a new planning approach that broadens communication and strategically targets interventions across the city. Defined as an approach, which, through the use of digital social networks and interactions, involves citizens and planners in place activations in order to stimulate and reinvigorate place, thus creating meaningful relationships between citizens and their urban settings. This paper uses the UR[BNE] Brisbane Festival 2012 as a qualitative case study of urban acupuncture, best defined as a hyper-localized healing treatment through place activation to enliven and recreate cities. It examines the challenges faced and opportunities embraced by a network of urban professionals. Their aim was to activate the underused urban spaces of central Brisbane through the festival's activities and events. The findings identify the key elements required to design public spaces using socially and technologically networked interactions.

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ID Code: 66197
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Urban acupuncture, urban planning, place activation, urban informatics, digitally networked, social interactions
DOI: 10.1080/10630732.2015.1040290
ISSN: 1063-0732
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES (100500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Society of Urban Technology
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Journal of Urban Technology, 02 October 2015, http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10630732.2015.1040290
Deposited On: 25 Jan 2016 06:26
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2016 12:53

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