Hard or Soft Digital-Physical Architectures: Integration between information and communication systems and the built environment

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Combined digital-architectural structures together form hybrid designs that communicate materially and spatially. With point of departure in something as mundane as interface access points to public restrooms in Denmark and Germany, the paper shows how hybrid interactive systems and their overlayering of and fusion with physical architectures constitute hard or soft structures. Such digital-physical architectures control monetary transactions and provide access points to buildings, and with this, they literally open or close doors.

Hybrid architectures mediate dynamics of access or exclusion.

Architectural structures and information and communication technologies guide, direct and coerce behavior. Layered digital¬ and architectural structures can be flexible or inflexible towards users – they can collaborate, coerce or control. The quality of the boundaries which emerge in the coupling of different systems, processes and structures are crucial for users.

The integration between information and communication systems and the built environment is difficult to design and users may be faced with challenges of acting in design deficits; being subjected to insensitivity and inflexible control. Such digital-physical designs can be evaluated through their moral-aesthetic and normative ethic qualities.

Two specific examples of digital-physical architectures will be presented. One case will show a hard and inflexible digital-physical architecture and one will show a softer, more flexible digital-physical architecture. The user experience of these two designs will be assessed in terms of their moral-aesthetic and normative ethic qualities.
StatusUdgivet - 2020
BegivenhedAnnual Convention of the Media Ecology Association: Communication Choices + Challenges - Online, USA
Varighed: 17 jun. 202020 jun. 2020


KonferenceAnnual Convention of the Media Ecology Association

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