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Interactive Architecture as Digital Texturation: Transformed Public Spaces & New Material Integration

Interactive Architecture as Digital Texturation: Transformed Public Spaces & New Material Integration
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Author(s): Mikael Wiberg (Umeå University, Sweden)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 14
Source title: Industrial Informatics Design, Use and Innovation: Perspectives and Services
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jonny Holmström (Umea University, Sweden), Mikael Wiberg (Umea University, Sweden) and Andreas Lund (Umea University, Sweden)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-692-6.ch005


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The notion of a digital transformation of public spaces concerns the way in which the content of the public, ranging from individual information to physical buildings, is changed as an effect of an ongoing digitalization of our surrounding. The notion of this transformation process also indicates that the public space, and digital computational power is two highly intertwined elements situated in a process in which the physical and the digital become fully integrated into one coherent element, typically labeled computational composite as it unfolds across our modern landscape. But how could this texturation process and its resulting intertwined physical/digital element be described? In this chapter, the authors take a point of departure in current research on ubiquitous computing for the purpose of understanding how digital technology drives this development while at the same time opening up for a wider interpretation of the underlying processes driving this process influenced by current research on interactive architecture. They then describe their development of a texturation theory capable of addressing the ways in which architectural elements and digital technologies becomes integrated in the process of designing meaningful environments. As a proof of concept they then present a case study that serves as an illustration of interactive architecture as a texturation of a public place. The chapter ends with a general discussion about the texturing of information technology in relation to physical space, as it normally constitutes the public and elegance as a guiding notion for design of meaningful environments. Finally, the authors discuss the implications of their research for industrial design research in general, and the implications for the area of industrial informatics in particular.

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