Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/223234
Title: HYBRID URBAN PUBLIC SPACE : INSPIRATIONS FOR A SEAMLESS INTEGRATION
Authors: TAN ZHI LIANG
Keywords: Architecture
Tan Beng Kiang
Hybrid space
Situated
Urban public space
Issue Date: 24-Oct-2009
Citation: TAN ZHI LIANG (2009-10-24T03:47:10Z). HYBRID URBAN PUBLIC SPACE : INSPIRATIONS FOR A SEAMLESS INTEGRATION. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The digital revolution has brought about immense impacts on our lifestyles, from social networking in our private domain to video conferencing at workplaces and to the constant buzz of rings and text messaging in urban public spaces. Digital bits have shifted out of the 2D monitor screen and are infiltrating the physical world at an alarming rate. It leads many urban designers and architects to fear the phenomenal growth of digital networks as it threatens and dematerializes key components of the urban environment. Just as the discovery of electricity and industrial revolution signaled the reconstruct rather than obsolescence of the urban public spaces, they will remain an essential part of the social infrastructure in the digital age. With the dynamic flow of information, will the traditional public space model function sufficiently to serve public interest? Is the current use of LCD screens on façade in Singapore the only mean to enhance public experience? Hybridism is probably the answer to the next generation of urban public space design, a place where media and communication networks are interwoven into the social fabric. However, the questions of how digital systems can enhance social activities and integrate seamlessly and sensitively have been largely unanswered. This paper attempts to formulate a conceptual framework that integrates the atoms and bits. In examining the issue, a multidisciplinary approach is adopted across disciplines of architecture, sociology and computing. Field observations and interviews were conducted at Raffles Place Park, UOB promenade and the outdoor deck on Vivocity level 4 in Singapore to provide a grounded understanding. Subsequently, a review of existing and popular digital systems is undertaken. As these disciplines are constantly in flux with each other, an interrelationship analysis considers all the elements that create the environment and intertwine them to release greater dynamics in the city. This paper proposes AIDAS (Activity Inspired Design of Architecture Systems) conceptual framework that relates the choice of systems, design goals and implications in the physical environment. It is used to design scenarios at Raffles Place Park, providing narrative descriptions that are easier to grasp. The results of this research offer planners, architects and human computer interaction scientists a design framework of situated technology in hybrid urban public space.
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