Considering Communities, Diversity and the Production of Locality in the Design of Networked Urban Screens

  • Wallis Motta
  • Ava Fatah gen Schieck
  • Holger Schnädelbach
  • Efstathia Kostopoulou
  • Moritz Behrens
  • Steve North
  • Lei Ye
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8117)


Highly diverse settings such as London (with people from ~179 countries speaking ~300 languages) are unique in that ethnic or socio-cultural backgrounds are no longer sufficient to generate a sense of place, belonging and community. Instead, residents actively perform place building activities on an ongoing basis, which we believe is of great importance when deploying interactive situated technologies in public spaces.

This paper investigates community and place building within a complex multicultural context. We approached this using ethnography, complemented with workshops in the wild. By studying the relationships arising between different segments of the community and two networked screen nodes, we examine the place building activities of residents, and how screen nodes are incorporated into them. Our research suggests that urban screens will be framed (and eventually used) as part of this continuing process of social, spatial and cultural construction. This highlights the importance of enabling socially meaningful relations between the people mediated by these technologies.


Diversity communities ethnography workshops in the wild urban screens 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wallis Motta
    • 1
  • Ava Fatah gen Schieck
    • 1
  • Holger Schnädelbach
    • 2
  • Efstathia Kostopoulou
    • 1
  • Moritz Behrens
    • 1
  • Steve North
    • 2
  • Lei Ye
    • 2
  1. 1.The BartlettUniversity College LondonUK
  2. 2.Mixed Reality Laboratory (MRL)University of NottinghamUK

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