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TitleCities in citizens' hands
Author(s)Morgado, Leonel
Coelho, Antonio
Magano, Olga
Trigueiros, Paula
Echave, Cynthia
Kordas, Olga
Sama, Sara
Oliver, Jennifer
Jim Ang
Deravi, Farzin
Bento, Ricardo
Ramos, Luis
KeywordsUrban planning
Smart cities
Gestural interaction
Augmented reality
Shamanic interface
Interactive storytelling
Issue dateSep-2015
JournalProcedia Computer Science
CitationMorgado, L., Rodrigues, R., Coelho, A., Magano, O., Calçada, T., Trigueiros, P., … Ramos, L. (2015). Cities in citizens’ hands. In Procedia Computer Science (Vol. 67, pp. 430–438). Fraunhofer FIT, Sankt Augustin, Germany: Elsevier.
Abstract(s)We propose a new paradigm for public participation in urban planning, a field which presents significant challenges for public understanding and participation. Our approach is based on leveraging the rich diversity of meaning associated with cultural gestures, traditions, folklore, and rituals, and using them in augmented reality systems, in order for citizens’ to explore, understand, and communicate the complex, systemic ideas and concepts associated with urban planning. At an immediate level, this approach holds the potential for enabling increased public awareness of what is at stake in urban planning - both on the part of citizens and on the part of public officials, policy-makers, and decision-makers – and consequently enhancing understanding and improving participation in public life and citizenship. It may also open up a new field of research and development in human-computer interaction, to leverage the richness of meaning and modes of expression which exist in various cultures and societies, rather than ignoring them and imposing dumbed-down or prescribed command methods. Thus, it aims to facilitate new levels of empowerment of users in the use of digital systems and data. The active utilization of cultural meaning in gestures, rituals, and social practices may also support and promote better inclusion and participation of minority groups and migrant communities in contemporary, technology-rich life.
TypeConference paper
Publisher version
AccessOpen access
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