There is increasing interest within the Human Computer Interaction research community in the use of speculative and provocative design methods, including the creation of fictional scenarios and narratives. This talk will present the approach and outputs of the recent interdisciplinary UrbanIxD project (www.urbanixd.eu
) that used a collaborative, “critical design” approach to create a public exhibition. UrbanIxD considered what intelligent and connected communities of the future might be like, and developed a community of researchers with a shared commitment to the foregrounding of the human experience in the field of Urban Interaction Design.
Ingi Helgason is a research fellow and part-time lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, and also teaches interaction design and technology innovation at the Open University. She has worked as a researcher on EU FP6 and FP7 projects on the topics of Presence, Pervasive Adaptation and Urban Interaction Design. In January 2016 she will begin work on the H2020 CAPS project MAZI, (www.mazizone.eu
) investigating the use of Do-It-Yourself networking to empower those who are in physical proximity, to shape their hybrid urban space, together, according to the specificities of the respective local environment. Ingi is one of the organisers of This Happened Edinburgh, a series of events focusing on the stories behind interaction design. Her research interests include the design of technology-mediated interactions in shared and social spaces.