EXPERIENCING AND EVALUATING DIGITAL AUGMENTATION OF PUBLIC URBAN PLACES, ACTA UNIVERSITATIS OULUENSIS H Architectonica 5
|Kustantaja:||Oulun yliopisto|| |
|Painos:||Osajulkaisuväitöskirjan yhteenveto-osa|| |
|Sijainti:||Print Tietotalo|| |
|Tekijät:||LUUSUA ANNA|| |
The integration of digital technologies into urban life and environments has accelerated rapidly over the past few decades. It
has been well established that this digital augmentation is changing the way we use and experience urban places; however,
more studies, especially at the micro-level and from an architectural point of view, must be conducted in order to increase our
understanding of the phenomenon.
In this thesis, I examine the experience and evaluation of digitally augmented public urban places through four case
studies, analysing participants’ experiences of adaptive lighting pilots and urban displays deployed in real world settings.
Digital augmentations were found to be able to alter the genius loci significantly; furthermore, findings from these case studies
demonstrate and explain how co-design, existing use patterns and user groups in urban places, climate and weather, and sense
of place affect digital augmentations.
The thesis makes a methodological contribution in the form of evaluation probes. This method was developed by
modifying the cultural probes method for the purposes of evaluative research of design artefacts. The proposed method allows
for the emic evaluation of design artefacts without direct researcher presence. In other case studies, I have used
ethnographically inspired methods to gather research materials.
In analysing research materials I make a theoretical contribution by introducing the concept of emplacement into
architectural research. This concept highlights the importance of place in our experience as embodied individuals. Based on
my empirical results, I argue for the design of meaningful emplaced experiences through digital augmentation. I also chart the
design challenges that have emerged from my studies, utilising them to develop a holistic model that aims to describe
experiences of digital augmentation in public urban places.
Overall, the thesis proposes participatory design evaluation as a new approach in the field of architecture. It refers to the
examination and utilisation of research participants’ intersubjective accounts in the evaluation of design artefacts from an
experiential point of view. I argue for the benefits of this approach for the further inclusion of research knowledge in design
and planning processes.