IEI AS A USER-CURATED SPACE – ENGAGEMENT

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Conversation Flow

DESIGNING POTENTIALITY
FOR PARTICIPATORY SPACES


DESIGN STATEMENT

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) is a statewide, non-partisan organization whose goal is to bring people together in order to gain consensus around policy questions affecting North Carolina. IEI Commons in Hunt Library is a space where people can collaborate to generate solutions and raise ideas to policymakers. This project proposes changes to the IEI Commons space to increase visitor participation and contribution.

PROCESS

I performed ethnographic observations and interviews to evaluate the habits of visitors in the space. My preliminary explorations for this project focused on rapid-prototyping using concepts of play, participation, and presence. I teamed up with classmate Luis Zapata for the final project to recommend changes to the physical space and its content.

DESIGN SOLUTION

Large Screen Animation Video.

Our proposal presents IEI as a user-curated space where the actions of the participants within the space drive the content displayed in the space.  A primary central screen shows visitors the trending topics based on activity at interactive tables.

Active topics show dynamically on a central screen, which draws attention to common threads between them. The reflection of IEI activity is shown as a continual process and one that is open to the participation of visitors to the space.

Each interactive table is a unique discussion of IEI- or user-supplied content based on a predetermined theme. At these tables visitors can browse and collect existing content into visual conversations. Visitors can also add new content from their own device using the tables or curate a portfolio of content that they can take with them digitally for review at a later time.

In addition to these content changes, we also suggested changes to increase visibility into the space and to provide a more welcoming working environment.

We jointly presented this proposal to members of the IEI management and staff.

|| ACTIVITY AND TRENDS

Visualizations on the central screen displays activity at the tables dynamically and indicates common conversations at the tables. Conversations evolve over time.

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|| CURATION TABLES

Tables present a playful approach to content and allow visual conversations to be crafted and built upon by any visitor.

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|| PHYSICAL CHANGES

Physical space changes included lowering outer walls, strategically positioning display screens, and redistributed worktables to create a central hub with supporting work areas.

TEAM

April Maclaga, Luis Zapata

COURSE

Graduate Studio | Fall 2015
Design as a Cultural Artifact
Professor Denise Gonzales Crisp
Assistant Professor Derek Ham
NCSU College of Design