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Title: Building Urban Narratives: Collaborative Site-Seeing and Envisioning in the MR Tent
Authors: Wagner, Ina
Keywords: Collaboration;Mixed reality;Multimodal analysis;Participation;Representation;Spatiality;Tangible user interface;Urban planning
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Springer
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): Vol. 21, No. 1
metadata.mci.reference.pages: 1-42
Series/Report no.: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
Abstract: The focus of this paper is on studying mixed teams of urban planners, citizens and other stakeholders co-constructing their vision for the future of a site. The MR Tent provides a very specific collaborative setting: an assembly of technologies brought outdoors onto the site of an urban project, which offers vistas onto the site as well as a multiplicity of representations of the site to work with, in different media and taken from different perspectives. The prime focus of this paper is on the complex narratives participants co-constructed in three participatory workshops, with the aim to understand how the core aspects of the MR Tent—spatiality, representation and haptic engagement—shape these narratives. Main findings of this research concern: how the design of the multi-layered space of the MR-Tent supports spatial story-telling; how the different representations of the site of an urban project offer the opportunity to choreograph a ‘site-seeing’ that helps participants understand the site and plan interventions; how the ‘tangibles’ in the MR-Tent encourage a different way of contributing to a shared project and ‘building a vision’.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1007/s10606-011-9152-0
ISSN: 1573-7551
Appears in Collections:JCSCW Vol. 21 (2012)

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