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Beyond information and utility: Transforming public spaces with media facades
March-April 2013 (vol. 33 no. 2)
pp. 38-46
Media facades (often characterized as a building's digital skin) are public displays that substitute dynamic details and information for usually static structures. SMSlingshot is a media facade system at the confluence of art, architecture, and technology design in the context of urban human-computer interaction. It represents a participative approach to public displays that enlivens public spaces and fosters civic and social dialogue as an alternative to advertising and service-oriented information displays. Observations from SMSlingshot's implementation at festival exhibitions provide insight into the roles of scale, distance, and the spatial situation of media facade contexts. The lessons learned apply to most public-display situations and will be useful for designers and developers of this new medium in urban spaces.
Index Terms:
Urban areas,Displays,Data visualization,Interactive systems,Media,Advertising,Tracking,Cities and towns,Haptic interfaces,situated interaction,Urban areas,Displays,Data visualization,Interactive systems,Media,Advertising,Tracking,Cities and towns,Haptic interfaces,computer graphics,Urban areas,Displays,Data visualization,Interactive systems,Media,Advertising,Tracking,Cities and towns,Haptic interfaces,SMSlingshot,public displays,media facades
Citation:
P. T. Fischer, Christian Zollner, T. Hoffmann, S. Piatza, E. Hornecker, "Beyond information and utility: Transforming public spaces with media facades," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 38-46, March-April 2013, doi:10.1109/MCG.2012.126
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