Digital Media
in Public Space
Bottom-Up Initiatives in 

Changing Urban Landscapes
Niels Wouters
niels.wouters@asro.kuleuv...
TECHNOLOGY SPACE
DESIGN
Comparative Feedback in the Street: Exposing Residential Energy Consumption on House Facades
Vande Moere et al.,ACM Intera...
Street Infographics: Raising Awareness of Local Issues through a Situated UrbanVisualization
Claes andVande Moere,ACM Perv...
ZWERM: a Modular Component Network Approach for an Urban Participation Game
Laureyssens et al.,ACM CHI 2014
Media Architecture.
Duomo Cathedral, Florence, IT
Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, FR
Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA
Galleria Centercity, Cheonan, SK
Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, AT
Times Square, New York, USA
Media Architecture.
But…
Dexia Tower, Brussels, BE
Crisis: DexiaTower will no longer display
Christmas Lights.
Flagey Square, Brussels / Elsene, BE
LED Screen on Flagey Square vandalised.
Public display, Tremelo, BE
Cities have the capability of providing
something for everybody, only
because, and only when, they are
created by everybod...
Park(ing) Day, San Francisco, USA
Urban Gardening
Pixelator, Jason Eppink (2007)
Astral Media Displays, Re:Post Toronto (2012)
Parasite, TheGreenEyl (2005)
It’s an ongoing challenge to see if
media architecture can evolve into a
place that allows for democratic
voices to be sha...
Media Architecture.
What to Show?△
OpenWindow, 2013
OpenWindow (Niels Wouters, Jonathan Huyghe, 2013)OpenWindow, 2013
OpenWindow, 2013OpenWindow, 2013
OpenWindow, 2013
OpenWindow (Niels Wouters, Jonathan Huyghe, 2013)OpenWindow, 2013
OpenWindow, 2013
OpenWindow, 2013
Hyperlocal Relevance
Request for Participation
Urban Challenges
OpenWindow: Citizen-Controlled Content on Public Displays
...
Media Architecture.
How to Integrate?△
StreetTalk, 2014
StreetTalk, 2014
StreetTalk, 2014
StreetTalk, 2014
StreetTalk, 2014
StreetTalk, 2014
StreetTalk, 2014
Potential Beyond Skyscraper
Curiosity
Situated Media Architecture
Media Architecture.
Take Away.
The Role of Context in Media Architecture
Vande Moere andWouters,ACM Pervasive Displays 2012
Message (Content)
Architectur...
Niels Wouters
niels.wouters@asro.kuleuven.be
@mediatecture
www.nwt.rs
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Presentation at Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab Symposium at iMal (Brussels, Belgium)

In recent years, various digital media have been introduced in public space to facilitate communication with and among citizens. Typical examples include public displays, but extends to more abstract forms such as integrated media facades. While most media are introduced to serve commercial, cultural or economic interests, the social and societal values are often undervalued. This talk discusses the qualities and challenges of involving citizens in the design of media interventions in the urban environment, and situates itself across research, design and practice.

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Digital Media in Public Space - Towards Bottom-Up Initiatives in Changing Urban Landscapes

  1. 1. Digital Media in Public Space Bottom-Up Initiatives in 
 Changing Urban Landscapes Niels Wouters niels.wouters@asro.kuleuven.be @mediatecture www.nwt.rs
  2. 2. TECHNOLOGY SPACE DESIGN
  3. 3. Comparative Feedback in the Street: Exposing Residential Energy Consumption on House Facades Vande Moere et al.,ACM Interact 2011
  4. 4. Street Infographics: Raising Awareness of Local Issues through a Situated UrbanVisualization Claes andVande Moere,ACM Pervasive Displays 2013
  5. 5. ZWERM: a Modular Component Network Approach for an Urban Participation Game Laureyssens et al.,ACM CHI 2014
  6. 6. Media Architecture.
  7. 7. Duomo Cathedral, Florence, IT
  8. 8. Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, FR
  9. 9. Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA
  10. 10. Galleria Centercity, Cheonan, SK
  11. 11. Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, AT
  12. 12. Times Square, New York, USA
  13. 13. Media Architecture. But…
  14. 14. Dexia Tower, Brussels, BE Crisis: DexiaTower will no longer display Christmas Lights.
  15. 15. Flagey Square, Brussels / Elsene, BE LED Screen on Flagey Square vandalised.
  16. 16. Public display, Tremelo, BE
  17. 17. Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody. Jane Jacobs, 1961 “ ”
  18. 18. Park(ing) Day, San Francisco, USA
  19. 19. Urban Gardening
  20. 20. Pixelator, Jason Eppink (2007)
  21. 21. Astral Media Displays, Re:Post Toronto (2012)
  22. 22. Parasite, TheGreenEyl (2005)
  23. 23. It’s an ongoing challenge to see if media architecture can evolve into a place that allows for democratic voices to be shared. Ben Rubin, 2012 “ ”
  24. 24. Media Architecture. What to Show?△
  25. 25. OpenWindow, 2013
  26. 26. OpenWindow (Niels Wouters, Jonathan Huyghe, 2013)OpenWindow, 2013
  27. 27. OpenWindow, 2013OpenWindow, 2013
  28. 28. OpenWindow, 2013
  29. 29. OpenWindow (Niels Wouters, Jonathan Huyghe, 2013)OpenWindow, 2013
  30. 30. OpenWindow, 2013
  31. 31. OpenWindow, 2013
  32. 32. Hyperlocal Relevance Request for Participation Urban Challenges OpenWindow: Citizen-Controlled Content on Public Displays Wouters et al.,ACM Pervasive Displays 2013
  33. 33. Media Architecture. How to Integrate?△
  34. 34. StreetTalk, 2014
  35. 35. StreetTalk, 2014
  36. 36. StreetTalk, 2014
  37. 37. StreetTalk, 2014
  38. 38. StreetTalk, 2014
  39. 39. StreetTalk, 2014
  40. 40. StreetTalk, 2014
  41. 41. Potential Beyond Skyscraper Curiosity Situated Media Architecture
  42. 42. Media Architecture. Take Away.
  43. 43. The Role of Context in Media Architecture Vande Moere andWouters,ACM Pervasive Displays 2012 Message (Content) Architecture (Carrier) Society (Environment)
  44. 44. Niels Wouters niels.wouters@asro.kuleuven.be @mediatecture www.nwt.rs

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