Designing social media into the urban plaza.
People’s Choice Winner
Social media has changed the way people interact. The number of ways in which we meet new people, reconnect with old friends, and keep in touch continue to grow online. Connections with people in public spaces remain conventional and are rare by comparison.
Anonymity is tied to security, and insecurity denies us social interaction. Online we can be completely anonymous. In public spaces, security is difficult.
Our proposal is to bring playfulness to the urban plaza to quell insecurity and break the ice. We designed clusters of outdoor lounge spaces for pedestrians to filter through and around. Within their structures, we incorporate square, monitor-like viewing windows. These windows peer through a periscopic maze out through another viewing window, the exact whereabouts of which is unknown without some detective work by the viewer.
Our idea is to suspend the viewer and their viewing subject from the immediate public space; to create a moment of contact between two viewers, and have them subsequently return to the plaza with the spark of a new relationship.
Design Teammates: Jeanie Lim, Sam McFaul, Grace Shi-en-Chang, Christine Cheung