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

Gernot Tscherteu and Martin Tomitsch

Designing Urban Media Environments as Cultural Spaces

Many urban media installations neglect the fact that the installations will be used or perceived in a cultural space, leading to a conflict between content and urban setting. To address this shortcoming this paper discusses the importance of considering cultural aspects of public space when introducing urban media interventions into urban life. We propose the notion of urban media environments, which consist of media artefacts, other artefacts, and modes of interaction and perception, to emphasise the relevance of cultural aspects. The paper concludes with five considerations that can lead to a more successful and sustainable strategy for designing media interventions in urban life. VIEW FULL PAPER