Local Commons: A visual approach to collective city making through situated community engagement
Palleis, Robin, Parra Agudelo, Leonardo, & Foth, Marcus (2015) Local Commons: A visual approach to collective city making through situated community engagement. In Avram, Gabriela, de Cindio, Fiorella, & Pipek, Volkmar (Eds.) International Reports on Socio-Informatics, 12(1), International Institute for Socio-Informatics, pp. 83-92.
Due to the numerous possibilities of voicing concerns and the flood of data we are exposed to, local issues are sometimes at risk of being overlooked. This study explores Local Commons, a design intervention in public space that combines situated digital and tangible media in order to engage communities in contributing and debating different perspectives on a given local issue. The intervention invited the community to submit images of their perspectives on the issue, which were displayed on a public screen. Via tangible buttons in front of the screen, community members then agree or disagree on the displayed perspectives, creating a space for deliberation. In a user study, we were specifically interested in testing three aspects of our intervention, which are discussed in this paper: The difference that situatedness, visual content, and tangible interaction can make to urban community engagement.
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