Space, Place and Engagement with Digital

Our digital interactions are rapidly moving from our desktops to our mobile devices, with novel forms of interactivity increasingly being developed for the urban environment. The promise of Smart Cities and the Internet of Things (IoT) means that new digital interactions are increasingly being developed for digital products, displays and media façades within public spaces.

In order to better design for these technologies, we must understand the nature of public engagement given both the physical properties and social context (or place) of their location. This session will attempt to define the relative contribution of space (the physical properties of a location) and place (the socially constructed meaning of the location). I will also seek to provide possible solutions to the challenges of designing for such interactions in the form of useful methodologies and processes for practitioners, showing examples from several case studies.