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Placemaking across platforms : playing to circulate stories in the smart city

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posted on 2023-08-05, 11:51 authored by Benjamin StokesBenjamin Stokes, Karl Baumann, François Bar

Urban placemaking can deepen the sense of place, including with novel technologies. Placemaking seeks to revitalize public spaces, attract investment, and rally stakeholders. How can play help to position residents as storytellers and circulators of key images tied to local history? This study shows how play can leverage smart city technologies, including urban furniture and rebuilt payphones. Game mechanics were selected to gather crowds at local monuments, generate pictures of the group tied to local mythology, and auto- matically circulate images online. In contrast to “app” based approaches, the design facilitated cross-platform “spread” for local storytelling. The study shows how placemaking can benefit from physical objects and hybrid interfaces to facilitate the circulation of local placemaking narratives.



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Published in: Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 2018 Y. Chisik et al. (Eds.): INTETAIN 2017, LNICST 215, pp. 1–5, 2018.


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