Public Space Is More Important than Social Media
Borrowing the words of New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman who wrote that "public space is more important than social media" when discussing this summer's turmoil in Taksim Square, we hope to highlight the huge potential that lies in designing interactive interventions for public spaces.
Numerous projects around the world have been exploring the potential of playful and surprising interventions to re-enchant urban settings and invite people to re-connect with each other and their surroundings. Classic interaction design strategies, when applied to physical space, can help bring magic in everyday behaviours and places, and ignite in people a sense that together we can achieve more than alone.
From lessons learned as principals of the Montreal based design studio Daily tous les jours, we will present research in designing collective experiences that can spark conversation between strangers in public spaces and ultimately create new rituals for communities.
- What's the role of interaction design in conversations about public space?
- Which online strategies can we apply to the design of cities that can help connect people and strengthen communities?
- Can we image that "Smart Cities" efforts go towards cities that encourage bottom up participation and social engagement?
- How can the practice of creating interactive installations in public space trickle up to urban planners and policy makers as they draw up the larger plans for the cities of the future?
- With more than half of the world population living in cities across the planet, how can we bring our expertise in designing human to human interactions to improve quality of life in urban centres?
Mouna Andraos Daily tous les jours
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