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White Paper: Pokémon Go
International phenomenon Pokémon Go has set the spotlight on Augmented Reality (AR) and its potential to transform our spaces and our lives.
If Keiichi Matsuda’s video AR simulation Hyper-Reality hasn’t yet crossed your newsfeed, it’s worth a look.
For six unnerving kaleidoscopic minutes Matsuda explores how we might see the world in the not-so-distant future.
With Pokémon Go players exploring the virtual world in our cities, parks and public spaces, the game is a fascinating case study for the unexpected impacts of AR.
StreetChat asks a landscape architect, architect, academic, futurist and millenial to explore what this technology could mean for our cities.
Below are excerpts from their full responses, which you can find in our White Paper: Pokémon Go, Augmented Reality and the Future of Our Cities.
Dick Nugent, Architect
Associate Director at Conybeare Morrison
“Pokémon Go suggests that a layering of the virtual onto the real can be a way of bringing people into a common place or a common activity.
“This suggests, perhaps, that the design of public space will need to respond to this expanded, yet somewhat less defined social role.
“As a ‘form follows function’ approach to defining public space becomes less relevant, the timeless approach to the design of public space that preceded the modern era, where form and symbol take precedence over functional identity, may reassert itself.
“The narrative of place will then become the defining identity and drive the physical expression …”
Anthony Brookfield, Landscape Architect
Principal at HASSELL
“Observing the emergence of AR technologies from my position as a landscape architect, it seems there is tremendous potential to significantly re-frame how we use, appreciate and experience the public realm.
“The ability to observe at a glance embedded information such as hotel room availability, office vacancies, train timetables and even restaurant table availability will be very popular.
“Even more elevating is being able to learn of the rich and layered histories within our great museums and which hide behind our city buildings, streets and open spaces.
“The activation and tourism potential for this technology does seem to be immense and it will require place managers to come together with major technology providers to give people an experience they will find invaluable.
“I am keen to see this technology evolve in a balanced fashion …”
Dr Gillian Lawson, Academic
Head of Landscape Architecture, Queensland University of Technology
“Taking computing power to the street has already become common place but Pokémon Go now offers citizens the ability to not only create their own decision support tools within the city, but to engage in social ‘play’ in both augmented reality and physical reality at the same time.
“For landscape architects, urban designers, planners and architects, this offers some interesting challenges in terms of place-making for the new phenomenon of mixed reality …”
Mark Pesce, Futurist
Inventor, broadcaster, MarkPesce.com
“Pokémon Go immediately highlighted the need for some sort of zoning to control how real space can be repurposed by AR applications.
“A restaurant may find it highly lucrative to have a PokéStop inside, but a private residence would find it greatly annoying to troupes of visitors coming at all hours, and in some situations, game playing is absolutely inappropriate or dangerous and shouldn’t happen at all.
“None of that was visible before Pokémon Go, but is completely obvious after it.”
Tilly Caddy, Millenial
Landscape Architect, Emerge Associates
“The recent explosion of Pokémon Go hit the streets, public space and media hard. So hard that 1000sqm of turf at Kings Park in Perth has been replaced due to the increase in foot traffic.
“Unlike some, I don’t see the replacement of turf as a negative. If Pokémon Go is getting people off the couch to visit spaces they usually wouldn’t then surely the positive benefits for our city outweigh the negatives.
“Going forward AR presents many opportunities (some already in place) for landscape architects to evolve our public spaces, add additional layers of meaning, engage in storytelling and encourage space activation.
“At the end of the day our work could potentially double, triple, quadruple if there is the possibility to design both the physical and virtual spaces …”
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Street Furniture Australia products will be on show at the ASLA 2022 EXPO in San Francisco, from November 12 to 13, 2022. Visit Booth 251 to see the sleek and minimalist Linea range, including Cubes, Platform, Sun Lounge, Seats, Curved Bench and Picnic Settings, and complementary Monsoon Litter Bins and Cafe Stools. Check out a variety of durable and low-maintenance materials and colours including five Wood Without Worry aluminium woodgrain batten shades, the new Earthy Pastel powdercoat range, and DuraBright fade-resistant colours. Street Furniture Australia will co-present the stand with California-based partner Spruce & Gander, who represent our products as an exclusive distributor in California, Ohio, Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky. Dates and times:Saturday, November 12, 2022. 9:30am – 6:00pm.Sunday, November 13, 2022. 10:00am – …
Street Furniture Australia is donating $40,000 worth of furniture from breakout spaces from the 2022 Festival of Landscape Architecture: COUNTRY to The Murri School, an Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School in Brisbane. The collection of Linea Seats, Cubes, Curved Benches, Sun Lounges and Picnic Settings includes a pair painted by artist Casey Coolwell-Fisher, a Quandamooka, Nunukul woman of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island, Queensland) – commissioned by Street Furniture Australia and Blaklash Creative. Director of Blaklash Creative and member of the Festival Creative Directorate Troy Casey says, “A huge part of the festival was about how we can ensure that community gets something from it. We spent two days sharing our culture, our experiences, and the responsibility to positive impact. We can’t really do that without giving back to mob, …
Charles and Ray Eames augmented their home with many objects from their travels. The 28cm-tall black wooden bird, one of their most prized objects of American folk art, was a centrepiece of their living room in the Eames House in Los Angeles. The bird also appears as an accessory in their product photo shoots. It is made from black-lacquered solid alder wood, with black steel wire legs. For the chance to win the iconic house bird, valued at $340, simply sign up to receive StreetChat each month. * indicates required Company Email * First Name Last Name Company Phone Region —ACTNSWNTQLDSATASVICWAI am not in Australia My company is a Design Specifier Contractor Custodian (Asset Owner/Manager) Other Winner will be announced October 31 shortly after the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture.
As the International Festival of Landscape Architecture approaches, Street Furniture Australia is gearing up to release prototypes of the fixed, yet movable, Flower Chair. Last month StreetChat brought you our White Paper on the movable seat, exploring how public spaces become more inviting with the ability to decide your position. Flower Chair is a novel approach to the movable seat that is fixed to the ground, yet allows sitters to adjust their outlook. The seat will swivel 360 degrees, empowering sitters to look for the best view, interact with neighbours or enjoy some solo time, and change their position in relation to the sun. Fixed at the base, it provides an opportunity for placemakers to experiment with movable seating, with the added peace of mind that their assets cannot ‘walk’. …
Lively, enjoyable public spaces start with inviting places to sit. Movable chairs offer the option to sit in groups, in pairs, to fly solo, to follow the sun or shade. Deserted plazas become flexible, accommodating, hospitable, thanks to the introduction of freestanding seats and tables. Places are transformed. Harvard Yard, Harvard University, Massachusetts. In 2009 the space is a walkway for marching to your next class. The university decides to make it a gathering place where students can mix with the larger community, starting with movable furniture. “The response was enormously positive,” say Lizabeth Cohen and Mohsen Mostafavi, professors and co-chairs of Harvard’s Steering Committee on Common Spaces. “Overnight, a vibrant and diverse population was pausing to meet, chat, doze, study, eat, watch performers, or simply sit down. “The chairs …