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Issue No. 02 - March-April (2013 vol. 33)
ISSN: 0272-1716
pp: 38-46
Patrick Tobias Fischer , University of Strathclyde
Christian Zollner , Berlin University of the Arts
Thilo Hoffmann , VR/Urban, Berlin
Sebastian Piatza , Dresden University of Applied Sciences
Eva Hornecker , Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar
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.
architecture, art, display instrumentation, human computer interaction

P. T. Fischer, C. Zollner, T. Hoffmann, S. Piatza and E. Hornecker, "Beyond information and utility: Transforming public spaces with media facades," in IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 38-46, 2013.
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