On Friday 22nd November, Karen Martin presented some of our work on designing playful public spaces at Spaces and Flows: An International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies 2013 in a short paper presentation as part of the Pedestrian Movement and Mobility strand.
Disrupting Pedestrian Movement through Playful Interventions: What Does Experimental Evidence Suggest?
Prof. Marialena Nikolopoulou,
The authors present the results of a series of experiments designed to disrupt people flow and pedestrian movement in various types of public space. The hypothesis investigated is that playful, non-obstructive interventions foster a positive social experience yet can be used to shape pedestrian movement. Shaping pedestrian movement is desirable for a range of purposes including security, commerce and entertainment.
The interventions employ a range of media from floor patterns to large digital screens in indoor and outdoor environments. They aimed to influence pedestrian movement by disrupting the routine use of space or by triggering playful behavior. Observation demonstrated that playful interventions are able to create zones of attraction and exclusion, engage people’s curiosity and elicit playful actions. The influence of increased cognitive load at personal level and goal-directed behavior was also considered.
The results suggest that increased understanding between environmental and interpersonal stimuli and behavioural responses can provide guidance in using socially acceptable design interventions to influence use of space in different operational contexts.
Keywords: Pedestrian Movement, Design Interventions, Material and Immaterial Flows
Presentation Type: 15 minute Paper Presentation in a Themed Session in English
Prof. Marialena Nikolopoulou
Professor of Sustainable Architecture, Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment, Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent
Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment, Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent
Faculty of Art, Environment and Technology, Leeds Metropolitan University
Spaces and Flows:
Fourth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies
Spaces and Flows in a Time of Economic and Political Uncertainty
22–23 NOVEMBER 2013 | CENTRE FOR URBAN STUDIES | UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM | THE NETHERLANDS