Understanding the implications of digital interactions on the design of public urban spaces

Houghton, Kirralie Rochelle (2014) Understanding the implications of digital interactions on the design of public urban spaces. PhD by Publication, Queensland University of Technology.


This study investigated the impact of digital networked social interactions on the design of public urban spaces. Urban informatics, social media, ubiquitous computing, and mobile technology offer great potential to urban planning, as tools of communication, community engagement, and placemaking.

The study considers the function of public spaces as 'third places,' that is, social places that are familiar, comfortable, social and meaningful for everyday life outside the home and work. Libraries were chosen as the study's focus.

The study produced findings and insights at the intersection of urban planning (place), cultural geography and urban sociology (people), and information communication technology (technology) – the triad of urban informatics.

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ID Code: 67929
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Publication)
Supervisor: Foth, Marcus & Miller, Evonne
Keywords: urban planning, third place, digital technology, communication, urban informatics, place, social media, networked interactions
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2014 04:49
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2015 22:12

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