Alessandro Aurigi: Augmented Urban Spaces

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  • 1. Augmenting the city tensions and opportunities for supporting event-rich, place-based living Alessandro Aurigi a.aurigi@ncl.ac.uk Newcastle University
  • 2. i-what? ubiquitous digital virtual city cyber electronic (...)
  • 3. • Need picture of central urban motorway here
  • 4. ‘universal utility’ Vs ‘local events’ Tap into place Make something happen there Present Be somewhere but act somewhere else Tap into remote-ness Socially active but place passive
  • 5. Tensions (and opportunities) Mixing places/scales Global/regional appears in place Place has global Disorientation Increased penetration Loss of context visibility, accessibility Many ‘locations’ in one Loss of local meaning and permeability Loss of character (too Enhanced public-ness Mixing private and public many, too different Multi-modal places (and personal/social) things going on) New activities Public can ‘invade’ private Isolation (i-pod effect) More reasons to be ‘there’ Private can overcome public Mixing uses Multi-layering of spaces and activities
  • 6. Visualise/materialise thresholds. • Work on space/place (not technology) holistically in multi- Purposefully combine physical disciplinary teams and digital Link places, but avoid • Respect/exploit ‘hereness’ and ‘thereness’ incoherence • Keep to ‘transactional’ scale – local short-range tech Avoid • Allow for character-building, place identity ‘anything, anytime, anywhere’ • Balance flexibility/serendipity and character • Activities and events Introduce social/shared spatial augmentation • Exchanges and ‘markets’ • Respect/exploit social context: let communities ‘pull’ and Allow for participation and pro- design – Places ARE different activity • ‘open source’ augmented places – or areas within