Karen Martin

Awarded VEIV EngD

My research aims are to design and develop tools and strategies that use technology to encourage the development of a sense of place through increasing people's feeling of connection with their physical location, and to investigate how this can be extended into a sense of community.

    I plan to achieve these aims by creating technology systems that:
  • Harness individual experiences into collective ones
  • Add value to a space by increasing understanding of its function, history and attributes
  • Act as social catalysts between individuals as they co-create elements of their environment

The theoretical framework for this research is cybernetic ideas of the properties of systems, in particular, Gordon Pask’s Conversation Theory. The technological approach is the use of locative technologies, and the design basis for the study is the use of movement as a method of participant interaction.

Primary Supervisor: Alan Penn

Industry Sponsor: BT Research and Venturing

Hardware and Design | Sense of place in public spaces