Urban Games: Convergence of physical and virtual

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dc.contributor.author Andrzej Zarzycki; New Jersey Institute of Technology
dc.date 2013-05-30 09:57:25
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-26T07:13:45Z
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-23T16:17:42Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-26T07:13:45Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-23T16:17:42Z
dc.date.issued 2013-06-26
dc.identifier http://ecs.epoka.edu.al/index.php/icaud/icaud2012/paper/view/125
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.epoka.edu.al/handle/1/258
dc.description.abstract Redefining the city as interactive media can reveal new possibilities for architects and designers. Today, designers must augment architecture and urbanism by incorporating new aspects of virtual habitation. This paper investigates contemporary attitudes toward digital public spaces, from media facades, augmented reality games, and mobile apps to guerrilla-like techniques such as tactical media, activist gaming, and electronic civil disobedience. It looks at these notions as renewed forms of public participation that build upon the past analog models. It touches on the relationship between ownership and authorship of the public realm, and the role design, art, and technology play in this balance. Ubiquitous technologies, democratization of access to and means of creative production, and virtualization of physicality allow for broader participation in cultural authorship and ownership, an opportunity that may not be fully realized if not embraced effectively. In this redefined image of the city, online and mobile games become important contributor to genius loci and emerging social networks. Furthermore, this paper discusses the mutually-informing relationship between the imaginary (virtual) and the real (physical). It presents the city as a virtual construct modulated by pervasive and ubiquitous computing, social networking, and (geo)location-based participatory events such as augmented reality (AR) gaming. In the perceptual dimension, video games, such as Grand Auto Theft, Mirror's Edge, or Assassins' Creed, are becoming potent advocates or adversaries of traditional image (notion) of the city. The combination of purely virtual reality (VR) game cities and augmented reality (AR), information-laced and geo-located environments transforms our expectations towards urban landscapes. This paper investigates the following aspects of augmented urbanisms: the virtual city of computer games and movie narratives, the physical city overlaid with virtual information accessible via augmented reality browsers and electronic social networks. It also looks into how these new electronic agents facilitate an unconventional use of the city.
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dc.language en
dc.publisher International Conference on Architecture and Urban Design
dc.source International Conference on Architecture and Urban Design; First International Conference on Architecture and Urban Design
dc.title Urban Games: Convergence of physical and virtual
dc.type Peer-reviewed Paper

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