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Considering communities, diversity and the production of locality in the design of networked urban screens

Motta, Wallis, Schieck, Ava Fatah gen, Schnädelbach, Holger, Kostopoulou, Efstathia, Behrens, Moritz, North, Steve and Ye, Lei (2013) Considering communities, diversity and the production of locality in the design of networked urban screens. In: Kotzé, Paul, Marsden, Gary, Lindgaard, Gitte, Wesson, Janet and Winckler, Marco, (eds.) Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2013: 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2-6, 2013, Proceedings, Part I. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (8117). Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, Berlin, Germany, pp. 315-322. ISBN 9783642404825

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-642-40483-2_21


Highly diverse settings such as London (with people from ~179 countries speaking ~300 languages) are unique in that ethnic or socio-cultural backgrounds are no longer sufficient to generate a sense of place, belonging and community. Instead, residents actively perform place building activities on an ongoing basis, which we believe is of great importance when deploying interactive situated technologies in public spaces. This paper investigates community and place building within a complex multicultural context. We approached this using ethnography, complemented with workshops in the wild. By studying the relationships arising between different segments of the community and two networked screen nodes, we examine the place building activities of residents, and how screen nodes are incorporated into them. Our research suggests that urban screens will be framed (and eventually used) as part of this continuing process of social, spatial and cultural construction. This highlights the importance of enabling socially meaningful relations between the people mediated by these technologies.

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Additional Information: © 2013 IFIP International Federation for Information Processing
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Date Deposited: 28 May 2014 10:35
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:36
Funders: International Federation for Information Processing

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