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Playful mediation of perception and engagement : urban space and location-based augmented reality applications through the lens of play

Munters, G.M. (2017) Playful mediation of perception and engagement : urban space and location-based augmented reality applications through the lens of play.

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Abstract:This thesis establishes an understanding of the influence of location-based augmented reality applications (LARA) on the perception of and engagement with urban space. Within the domain of playable city initiatives, initiatives geared towards urban engagement and social dialogue, and set against the technological focus of smart city rhetoric, the author aims to assess how LARA can foster deep relations between people themselves and urban space. The thesis addresses the contemporary relation between play, LARA, and the city, the challenges to understand the relation between virtual and non-virtual spaces, the ways LARA bring about new forms of mediation and practices, and how to design LARA for urban engagement. To analyse the interactions with LARA and urban space a framework of play is developed that includes both the anthropological and artefactual aspects of play anchored in the dimensions of engagement, mediated, and networked play. The potentiality of LARA to position augmentations and urban space on the same level highlights an important feature in developing LARA that stimulate urban engagement and citizen dialogue. LARA should, ideally, direct the attention of users to both the augmentations and urban space and (in-)directly connect with their environment to bring urban space to the fore.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies, 08 philosophy, 74 (human) geography, cartography, town and country planning, demography
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/73341
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