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Designing for hyperlocal: The use of locative media to augment place narratives

Kostopoulou, E; Fatah gen. Schieck, A; (2021) Designing for hyperlocal: The use of locative media to augment place narratives. In: Aurigi, A and Odendaal, N, (eds.) Shaping Smart for Better Cities: Rethinking and Shaping Relationships Between Urban Space and Digital Technologies. (pp. 87-106). Academic Press: London, UK.

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Abstract

This chapter examines the use of digital annotations of physical urban space to tell the stories of places, with the focus on situated digital archival material. It does so by introducing and analyzing two different cases in East London that make use of local digital archival content. The first one is a mobile and trail-based experience in Whitechapel that uses Augmented Reality technology. The second one involves a fixed physical memorial in Bethnal Green, where the technology in use is a digital large projection. In the chapter, we critically discuss, through those two very different modes of mediation of archival content and how they related to each of the locations, the implications of linking local context to the design, curation, and the combination of digital archival material with the urban local infrastructure. We suggest that by taking into account the location and its social and spatial context, when designing for hyperlocal to tell stories that happened in these locations in the past, we trigger agency to seek and reveal local stories in situ that make engagement tangible and connect people to places.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Designing for hyperlocal: The use of locative media to augment place narratives
ISBN-13: 978-0-12-818636-7
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-818636-7.00016-0
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-818636-7.00016-0
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Hyperlocal; Mobile; Augmented Reality; Projection; In situ; Site specificity; Archival material; Spatial narratives; Memory; Urban space
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10118264
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