Engaging and enhancing the collective intelligence of citizens through the design of places.
Led by Professor Jeni Paay, this research program works through the design of places with people-centred interactive technologies, within and around future areas for living. We’re focused on the transition to sustainable and livable homes, businesses, precincts and cities to support people in their everyday activities.
As people increasingly work from home or public spaces and manage personal tasks from their workplace, boundaries between places for work, leisure and family activities are blurring. At the same time, mobile technologies are also facilitating the ability for people to switch between the different activities of work and home, irrespective of their physical location. These changes require rethinking the ways in which we design future spaces for everyday activities.
Our research aims to design living and working places for the future city through user-centred design of interactive technologies that represent and respond to the needs of the people who live there. By involving people in the design practices — such as co-design and user testing and evaluation — designers, information scientists and engineers can guide the process of innovating new products, services and spaces that will benefit both the individual and the collective city.
Our research program is organised around three intersecting streams that draw from each other and inform our research projects:
- Participative Citizens (designing with users, understanding users, sustainable behaviour, society and organisations)
- Interactive Technologies (data visualisation, human-machine interface and technologies, gamification and mixed realities, monitoring cities)
- Places for People (healthy places for living, quantifying place, future of work, public media spaces)
In partnership with 460 Degrees, this project investigates how we can identify individuals and confirm their credentials in the digital realm by using a digital wallet. Digital identities are increasingly being used to validate who we are and what we should have access to, but it’s often unclear who owns that digital identity. As information turns digital, it also becomes more replicable, less tangible and harder to protect.
Self-sovereign identity (SSI) is a solution where the individual identity holder can access and use their credentials on the internet, whenever and however they please, giving away only those details necessary for each transaction.
For our project, we’re taking a human-centred approach to the design of an SSI-driven digital wallet, aimed at replacing the functionality of what’s needed from a physical wallet (driver’s license, credit cards, public transport card and loyalty cards). Using co-design methods, we want to understand both the human need for a digital identity and the technological means to support an equitable, trustworthy, usable and sustainable solution.
In a Smart City, how will we, as individuals, decide who and what to trust with our personal details? And how much personal data should we give away?
Digital identities are increasingly being used by organisations to validate who we are and what we should have access to. But who owns that digital identity? Well, ideally, everyone is custodian of their own identity, however, as information turns digital, it also becomes more replicable, less tangible and harder to protect.
Self-sovereign identity (SSI) is a solution where the individual identity holder can access and use their credentials on the internet, whenever and however they please, giving away only those details necessary for each transaction. SSI places the individual in control. We are taking a human-centred approach to the design of an SSI driven digital wallet, aimed at replacing the functionality typically included in a physical wallet, e.g. an electronic driver’s license, myki card, loyalty cards, credit cards. Using co-design methods we understand both the human needs for a digital identity and the technological means to support an equitable, trustworthy, useable and sustainable solution.
We’re designing a virtual reality-led recreation of the Italian Pavilion at the Paris International Exposition of 1937. Through virtual reality technology, it’s now possible to provide an embodied experience of original designs overlaid on the existing fabric of buildings. This overlay creates an enhanced visitor experience and provides insight into the innovative designs of the past, which can be used by designers of the future.
This project tests a new methodology for fostering innovation in architectural history and design and has transformative potential for architectural historians to use an experiential method for understanding and analysing ephemeral architecture designers.
These designers will have experiential access to this ephemeral architecture as a precedent for innovation in their own design process communities and will gain knowledge about avantgarde moments in world architecture though experience.