B. Monastero – Underlined Places. Augmenting a Lobby Floor to Unveil Mobility Patterns and Relations to the Inhabited Space

Beatrice Monastero (Aalto)

Monday 2016-06-13 11.00 – 12.00

Lecture hall AS3, TUAS building

Underlined Places. Augmenting a Lobby Floor to Unveil Mobility Patterns and Relations to the Inhabited Space


I will introduce Underlined Places (UP), an interactive floor projection installed in the lobby of a building. UP displays the mobility patterns of visitors in the building as white traces appearing in real-time on the floor when visitors walk by. Through a 6 week in-field study I investigated how intentional and unintentional interactions with the UP affected awareness of social aspects of the space related to people presence and behaviours. I will present the study and the related results outlining how uses and understanding of the system evolved in time. Three distinct phases of use emerged, characterised by different degrees of appropriation and different attitudes towards the augmented environment of both visitors and employees. Finally I outline how the public reactive visualisation of mobility patterns enhanced social awareness and supported the felt identity of the place (placefulness) and suggest similar urban design interventions.