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My neighbourhood: Studying perceptions of urban space and neighbourhood with moblogging

Stanton Fraser, D; Jay, T; O'Neill, E; Penn, A; (2013) My neighbourhood: Studying perceptions of urban space and neighbourhood with moblogging. Pervasive and Mobile Computing , 9 (5) pp. 722-737. 10.1016/j.pmcj.2012.07.002. Green open access

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Abstract

We describe a novel methodology that examines perceptions of urban space, and present a study using this methodology that explores people’s perceptions of their neighbourhood. Previous studies of spatial cues have involved a variety of tasks such as pointing and sketching to externalise participants’ internal spatial maps. Our methodology extends these approaches by introducing mobile technologies alongside traditional materials and tasks. Participants use mobile phones to carry out self-guided neighbourhood tours. We collected rich qualitative data from 15 participants during two workshops and a self-directed neighbourhood tour. Our study highlights the use of public and private landmarks, differences in spatial maps of rural versus urban dwellers, and individual variance in orientation strategies. These themes suggest guidelines for the design of technologies with personalised spatial profiles.

Type: Article
Title: My neighbourhood: Studying perceptions of urban space and neighbourhood with moblogging
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.pmcj.2012.07.002
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pmcj.2012.07.002
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Urban space; Neighbourhoods; Spatial maps; Moblogging
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
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/1381863
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