Rethinking Urban Design in the digital era

From Public Play Space Community


Anastasia Kyriakopoulou

Athens, Greece, 2019

Purpose Activation.pngActivation
Purpose Interconnection.pngInterconnection
Purpose Collaberating.pngCollaborating
Purpose Raise awareness.pngRaise Awareness
Purpose Educate.pngEducate
Purpose Visualise needs.pngVisualize Needs
Purpose Simulate impact of decisions.pngSimulate Impact of Decisions
Purpose Decision making.pngDecision Making
Purpose Designing.pngDesigning
Co-Creation Co-analysis.pngCo-Analysis
Co-Creation Co-design.pngCo-Design
Co-Creation Co-implementation.pngCo-Implementation
Co-Creation Co-maintenance.pngCo-Maintenance
Co-Creation Co-monitoring.pngCo-Monitoring
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Outcome Decision making.pngDecision Making
Outcome Knowledge.pngKnowledge
Outcome Assesment.pngAssessment
Outcome Design.pngDesign
Outcome Inclusion.pngInclusion
Outcome Awareness.pngAwareness
Outcome Partnership.pngPartnership
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Mechanics Alternitive reality.pngAlternative Reality
Mechanics Role play.pngRole Play
Mechanics Rule based play.pngRule Based Play
Mechanics Location based.pngLocation Based
Mechanics Simulations.pngSimulations
Mechanics Mapping.pngMapping
Mechanics Geolocation.pngGeolocation
Mechanics Hypothesis.pngHypothesis
Mechanics Metagame.pngMetagame
Technology & Tools Analoge Tangibles.pngAnaloge Tangibles
Technology & Tools AR VR.pngAR / VR
Technology & Tools Audio Visual.pngAudio Visual
Technology & Tools Data AI.pngData AI
Technology & Tools Data Collection Visualization.pngData Collection/Visualization
Technology & Tools Digital Interface.pngDigital Interface
Technology & Tools Mobile.pngMobile
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Aesthetics Sensation.pngSensation
Aesthetics Imagination.pngImagination
Aesthetics Assemblage.pngAssemblage
Aesthetics Pysical activity construction.pngPhysical Activity / Construction
Aesthetics Realism.pngRealism
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Scale Metropolitan.png Metropolitan
Scale City.png City
Scale District.png District
Scale Neighbourhood.png Neighbourhood
Scale Street.png Street
Scale Undefined.png Undefined
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Audience Community.png Community
Audience Planning expert.png Planning Expert
Audience Stakeholders.png Audience Stakeholders
Audience Policy Makers.png Policy Makers
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Scope Individual.png Individual
Scope Small group.png Metropolitan
Scope Larger group.png Small Group
Scope Crowd.png Crowd
Scope Pre-defined.png Pre-Defined
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The project “Rethinking urban design in the digital era”, takes into consideration the theoretical framework regarding new technologies and their impact in everyday life. The main goal is to create a holistic design framework that guarantees the successful combination of all aspects of everyday life, in order to produce an informative, useful, and symbolically rich outcome. It aims at empowering people through bridging the digital gap, allowing them to become “makers” of the collective spaces, redefining the sense of public/urban space, and so to use digital media creatively, and not only as consumers. This study aims to explore gaming and narrative as tools of collective design. Moreover, since the majority of our everyday actions are taking place through cyberspace in one form or another, the proposed platform utilizes new technologies in order to reinvent public space bridging culture and virtual space.

Through the development of a tool consisting of three key innovative elements: (a) development of a platform that allows real- time interaction between users, (b) this platform will operate not only as a game but will also create teams of people who are interested in making changes in the existing public space, (c) instructions on how to manufacture the urban equipment in a library of assets . These elements will facilitate the implementation of gaming as a tool in architectural research, but also will strengthen  the maker movement. Incorporating the aforementioned elements, the presented research aims to provide a bridge between the virtual and the real world. In order to accomplish that goal a 3D-immersive role-playing game is to be created that will augment the process of storytelling and enrich the collective memory through gaming.In this context, users are able to pick a point of interest in the map and then they can enter a 3D platform similar to a video game. Logging in into the platform users can create a character and walk around an existing public space of their choice. The virtual environment acts as a tool of augmentation of the experiences in the process.

The simulation includes factors as, different environmental conditions or the amount of people using the place, as well as a variety of activities. In that way they can enrich their experience of public space, change perspectives and help them identify and/or create different objects that are useful or the place lacks.

The different teams are responsible for the public spaces that are willing to redesign. In that way a first layer of information is being collected. The problems or the preferences are being specified by the players. At the next stage, the proposals are being saved as a project in the platform, and other have the option to “live” in it and provide feedback or even interventions. Moreover, by working together citizens are getting used to the idea of collaboration. It is really important to mention at this point that through the research the goal is not limited only on the familiarization with new technologies but also aims to cultivate a new pedagogy on how people co-inhabit, co-create and experience together urban space in the era of information.

Afterwards, the players are getting together and create larger teams. The different teams are responsible for the public spaces that are willing to redesign. The groups responsible for each place are being verified as a “registered” team and then they are able to share responsibilities in order to start designing and even fabricate their proposals not in virtual environment but in the existing space. In that way users of public space can communicate their needs to architects through gaming

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