Blurring the physical boundaries of the city: Media architecture and urban informatics for community engagement

Caldwell, Glenda Amayo & Guaralda, Mirko (2016) Blurring the physical boundaries of the city: Media architecture and urban informatics for community engagement. In Caldwell, Glenda Amayo, Smith, Carl H., Clift, Edward M., & Cairns, Graham (Eds.) Digital Futures and the City of Today New Technologies and Physical Spaces. Intellect, Bristol, UK, pp. 235-250. (In Press)

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Abstract

Architecture focuses on designing built environments in response to society’s needs, reflecting culture through materials and forms. The physical boundaries of the city have become blurred through the integration of digital media, connecting the physical environment with the digital. In the recent past the future was imagined as highly technological; 1982 Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is set in 2019 and introduces a world where supersized screens inject advertisements in the cluttered urban space. Now, in 2015 screens are central to everyday life, but in a completely different way in respect to what had been imagined. Through ubiquitous computing and social media, information is abundant. Digital technologies have changed the way people relate to cities supporting discussion on multiple levels, allowing citizens to be more vocal than ever before.

We question how architects can use the affordances of urban informatics to obtain and navigate useful social information to inform design. This chapter investigates different approaches to engage communities in the debate on cities, in particular it aims to capture citizens’ opinions on the use and design of public places. Physical and digital discussions have been initiated to capture citizens’ opinions on the use and design of public places. In addition to traditional consultation methods, Web 2.0 platforms, urban screens, and mobile apps are used in the context of Brisbane, Australia to explore contemporary strategies of engagement (Gray 2014).

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ID Code: 95219
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Media Architecture, Urban Informatics, Community Engagement
ISBN: 9781783205608
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architecture Management (120105)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Intellect
Deposited On: 28 Apr 2016 00:10
Last Modified: 01 May 2016 05:13

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