Social participation in designing everyday spaces enabled by networked media: a case study of DIY rainbow crossing

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    Rahmat, Homa
    Haeusler, Matthias
    2015 Conference Papers
    Architecture and Social Research
    Conference Papers


Digital technologies have facilitated the process of sharing design patterns and spatial interventions in everyday settings. Influenced by the emerging culture of spontaneous actions and realtime expressions in virtual space, people participate in construction and reconstruction of the physical
environment in a continuous process at small-scale. This paper explores the relationship between social
media and temporary design of places by everyday users and investigates how the culture of participation, enhanced by new media, is reflected in architecture, design and use of places. This study is significant as it argues that architects can take advantage of new practices in design associated with active participation of people as they represent new ways to orchestrate individual parts and make a coherent whole. To indicate the interaction of media and design, the paper studies the case of DIY Rainbow Crossing, a community action creating rainbow pedestrian crossings in chalk. This not only advances our understanding on the role of social media in scaling up and speeding up the transmission of design ideas from person to person, but also leads us to model individual actions brought together in a singular process through social networks.


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