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The Responsive City
The Responsive City addresses the increasing discrepancy between people’s expectations of active relations to urban space and the conspicuous absence of response, especially from contemporary urban design and architecture. Asplund’s concept social responsivity guides a study of interaction between users and urban environment. What supports and what prevents social interaction in/with urban settings?
There is an ongoing dispute about urban space between actors who want to affect or control its content. The views upon the estethics of urban space differ a lot, often according to differences in class and political opinion. When cities compete on a global level, being marketed as attractive and creative, such contradictions are emphasized. They show, for example, in controversies about street art. In this text, however, I would like to address the wider question about how people can affect and leave traces in the spaces they share. The concept of social responsivity is borrowed from social psychologist Johan Asplund. Here I will use it in a way that includes the material objects and structures of the city. With the starting point in three examples, I try to sketch some of the prerequisites and potentials of urban social responsivity. The text ends with suggestions for new responsive spaces — that inhabitants and visitors can contribute to give form and expression.
As one example of what I intend to study and debate, I will bring up a new shopping mall in Malmö: Entré Malmö. No urban environment can be utterly devoid of responsivity, but Entré is a case where the opportunities of users to act and interact with each other and the built environment are strikingly limited. Further on in the text, as one of the three examples, I will develop my experiences and thoughts on Entré Malmö and in what ways it does or does not respond to its visitors.
Entré Malmö from the north: What was supposed to be welcoming rather acts as a hostile wall...
... that becomes a bit more colorful and translucent at night!
Ubiquitous computing and social media
Lite tillspetsat i journalistisk anda – men mina tankar kring spår och markerngar på stadens väggar som uttryck för konkret demokrati presenteras bland nyheterna på Malmö högskolas webbplats.
In Swedish only: News about my thoughts on "the responsive city" on the Malmö University website.
A subtle revolution
Some thoughts about video calling going mobile: video interaction phase three.
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"Det offentliga rummet. Ett begrepp som stöts och blöts. Men vad är det egentligen för rum som är offentligt? Och vad innehåller det? Vad är det som får ta plats och vilken plats tar det? " I den första artikeln av tre i Malmö fria tidning är det jag som intervjuas av Danina Mahmutovic, frilansjournalist som studerar journalistik på Skurups folkhögskola.
San Francisco work and leisure
15-17 December 2009 I visited San Francisco and, more precisely, the Mission where my sister lives. Apart from just being a tourist, I spent quite a lot of time taking pictures of all the varieties of markings that are so abundant in the Mission district. I documented everything from large and permanent murals (if that is the right word for paintings on wood sometimes covering whole buildings) to hasty and short-lived drawings. I also found types that were completely new for me. The Mission really has walls that talks — the responsivity of its streets is almost too much. More about this later on!
K-märkning av / national monument protection of GRAFFITI
Ett seminarium om graffiti, fysisk planering