[iDC] Anxiety, Comfort, and Play in Public Places
a.aly at ecu.edu.au
Wed Jul 26 13:21:10 EDT 2006
The experiment you're referring to was a strategy aimed at dispelling gangs of youths who were gathering at train stations and, as I recall, in some shopping malls. I don't think it is uniquely Australian and was modelled on a previous strategy (not sure where) that used elevator music for the same purpose- some people like elevator music!
They introduced it at the Perth train station in Western Australia but, as far as I can see, the youths are still gathering there despite the dulcet tones of Barry Manilow blaring from the loud speakers.
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Thank you Trebor for this interesting link.
Concerning public spaces, does anyone know something about an
experiment carried in Australia (Sidney, I think) in which they
started to play Barry Manilow in public loudspeakers to send punks
away from a certain neighbourhood?
(it is true, I sware)
best from Brazil
On 7/24/06, Trebor Scholz <trebor at thing.net> wrote:
> [Check out the Familiar Stranger project
> by Liz Goodman and Eric Paulos.
> best, Trebor]
> The Familiar Stranger Project
> Anxiety, Comfort, and Play in Public Places
> As humans we live and interact across a wildly diverse set of physical
> spaces. We each formulate our own personal meaning of place using a
> myriad of observable cues such as public-private, large-small,
> daytime-nighttime, loud-quiet, and crowded-empty. Unsurprisingly, it is
> the people with which we share such spaces that dominate our perception
> of place. Sometimes these people are friends, family and colleagues.
> More often, and particularly in public urban spaces we inhabit, the
> individuals who affect us are ones that we repeatedly observe and yet do
> not directly interact with our Familiar Strangers. This research
> project explores our often ignored yet real relationships with Familiar
> Strangers. We describe several experiments and studies that lead to a
> design for a personal, body-worn, wireless device that extends the
> Familiar Stranger relationship while respecting the delicate, yet
> important, constraints of our feelings and relationships with strangers
> in public places.
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