Can technology-rich spaces support multiple uses?

Pantidi, Nadia; Robinson, Hugh and Rogers, Yvonne (2008). Can technology-rich spaces support multiple uses? In: Proceedings of the 22nd British CHI Group Annual Conference on HCI 2008: People and Computers XXII: Culture, Creativity, Interaction, 1-5 Sep 2008, Liverpool, UK, pp. 135–138.

URL: http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1531860

Abstract

A number of technology-rich spaces have been designed and created over the last few years with the purpose of supporting and enhancing learning, collaboration, community participation and a variety of everyday activities. Our research is concerned with how such spaces are used and whether they can support multiple uses. We report on an observational fieldwork study of a technology-rich multipurpose space based in a library. We examine its everyday use and discuss the tensions that were revealed in our analysis between anticipated and actual use. These are: (i) public versus private, (ii) play space versus meeting room and (iii) technology use versus non-use.

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