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In the context of the research project Public Space 2.0 we address the following main questions: how does the introduction of social platforms on the internet transform existing communication practices, and furthermore enrich social space of interaction? What impact may have experiences gained with social networks on our perception of the urban public?  Mission Statement

From artifact to situation; the medialized decay of public space

The notion of public space or of public spaces as cultural artifact is bound to numerous problems, and evokes questions. Connotations of the cultural artifact as passed on throughout societies have lost their consensual viability. Let me list a few questions originating in that particular field of challenges: Is the artifact necessarily determined by one […]

Remembering Arendt

»For what appears to all this we call Being« Aristoteles[1] Part I There are some things on the Internet you just want to believe, for the mere reason that somebody puts them online. This credit of trust, despite all the necessary skepticism, may derive from the fact that the message would be worth sharing only […]

Space and technology

» …weil das Wesen der Technik nichts Technisches ist, darum muss die (…) Auseinandersetzung mit ihr in einem Bereich geschehen, der einerseits mit dem Wesen der Technik verwandt und andererseits doch von ihm grundverschieden ist. Ein solcher Bereich ist die Kunst.«[1] MARTIN HEIDEGGER Public space Whether today one could still find a majority, which agrees […]

Soft and translational space: on collaborative relations in public space

We aimed for extensive research towards the improvement of the chosen location “Karlsplatz”, accompanied by empirical studies as well as prototypical development in the fields of interface design, network technology and outdoor display modes. Through innovative implementation and use of communication technology we envision the revitalization of the public sphere. Creative re-zoning of physical space […]

Two different notions on collecting behavioral data

In the ARS (Artificial Recognition System) project that has been inspired by Freud’s topic model in psychoanalysis, the processing of information comprises a very qualitative approach. This is due to the fact that in the ARS model technically speaking »psychic energy« has to be implemented and programmed into the ARS simulator. When introducing a term […]

Proposition for a manual to enhance creative urban experience

Since only a few years, fast spreading, participatory platforms on the web have evoked a major shift into the realm of social media. This was made possible by the convergence of free web platforms, inexpensive software that enables people to share their own media and access materials produced by others, the rapid fall in prices […]

Innovative implementation of technology in public space

From the beginning of social interaction, communication networks have always played a major role. While for a long time the concurrent presence or at least proximity of people at a certain place was required, specific technologies have been pivotal in bridging space and time, such as printing press, railroad, telephone, radio and many others. The […]

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