Exploring interaction patterns of public seating as a triangulation element encouraging social interaction
European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET)
Design and programming of triangulation elements are formative actors in crafting the dynamics of interpersonal interactions in public settings. With the proliferation of technology, new placemaking strategies, along with an approach of the city as a playground illustrate an expansion in the variety of interaction dynamics in public spaces (Hespanhol & Dalsgaard, 2015). This Ph.D. research questions the role of design as an interaction initiator between citizens in public settings through seating elements. The objective is to explore the interaction design space of ‘21st cc triangulation elements’ and emergent social interaction patterns through the lens of embodiment. A corpus is developed and analysed using methods adopted from grounded theory. Analysed data provided further information to generate design concepts for prototyping and testing interactive seating elements.