CHI 2011 workshop, Vancouver, Canada, May 7, 2011

Tom Barker, Nicole Gardner, M. Hank Haeusler and Martin Tomitsch

Infostructures – Embedding Media Facades in Public Transport

In this paper we present an investigation into how new screen technologies, such as media facades, can contribute to improving the quality of existing public transport environments. We propose the notion of ‘info’structures, which describes the integration of smart, or responsive, digital information into the existing physical fabric via media facades in a coherent architectural and spatial context. The paper presents two design explorations to investigate possible uses of media facades in public transport environments. Based on these two examples we discuss how digital technologies and networked communications can transform and augment public transport infrastructure, allowing new forms of intelligent, adaptive, interactive and self-aware architecture to be developed. VIEW FULL PAPER