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Exploring the effect of spatial layout on mediated urban interactions

Behrens, Moritz, Fatah gen. Schieck, Ava, Kostopoulou, Efsathia, North, Steve, Motta, Wallis, Ye, Lei and Schnadelbach, Holger (2013) Exploring the effect of spatial layout on mediated urban interactions. In: Ojala, Timo, Want, Roy, Schilit, Bill, Müller, Jörg and Lea, Rodger, (eds.) PerDis 2013: Proceedings of the 2nd ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays 2013: June 4-5 2013, Mountain View, CA, USA. ACM Press, New York, USA, pp. 79-84. ISBN 9781450320962

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Identification Number: 10.1145/2491568.2491586


In this paper we focus on the spatial configuration and emergent social interactions in two locations in London mediated by interactive and networked urban displays. Our analysis draws upon interactions mediated through displays we implemented in the real world connecting four urban spaces [1]. We outline our case study and the methodology we implemented, including the analysis of the spatial layout on the micro/local scale in two sites, followed by the observations of social behavior and technologically mediated interactions by actors, spectators and passers-by during two community events, before finally outlining the following identified interaction zones: 1) direct interaction space surrounding the display (direct); 2) the surrounding public space (wide); and 3) across spatial boundaries i.e. the remotely connected space through networked displays (connected) over time. We highlight site-specific interactions and compare them to the more generic types of interactions, thus contributing to the understanding of mediated social interactions. We suggest that the properties of the spatial layout play a significant role and, to a certain extent, frame the type of interactions mediated through public displays. We highlight in particular the dynamic and interconnected nature of this mediation, defined through the spatial layout, people, type of social activities, and time of the day.

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Additional Information: © 2013 ACM
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Date Deposited: 28 May 2014 11:06
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:12

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