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A Place-Theoretical Framework for the Development of IT in Urban Spaces

Ferreira de Souza, Renato Cesar (2008) A Place-Theoretical Framework for the Development of IT in Urban Spaces. PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.

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This thesis is an attempt to develop some analytic resources for thinking about problems and possibilities arising from the incorporation of Information Technology (IT) into the design of public spaces, especially in the early stages of design process. The main concern is about how to deploy IT components, such as microprocessors, sensors and actuators in order to positively affect various qualities of place. The framework developed in the thesis begins with an analysis of public places, and then proceeds to an identification of the spatial conflicts that impair qualities ofplace such as territoriality, privacy, identity and ambience. Components of IT were then spatially correlated to those qualities, thus revealing how these might be potentially applied as part of a system that would combine IT with spatial/physical solutions. The thesis focuses in particular on the development of the framework, which is traced by the close examination and scrutiny of three situations in which the design of public places was supported by this theoretical approach. The projects that arose from these are studied as case studies with the aim of determining the efficiency of the framework as a tool, and amendments to the framework were made in light of the necessity to clarify how the deployment of components of IT as part of an integrated design solution with place attributes might be justified. Finally, the thesis demonstrates that the analysis of the individual cases leads to the conclusion that the use of the developed framework is able to provide a basis for a coherent set of decisions regarding the application of IT in public places. In addition, possible ways in which the approach described might be improved and ideas for future research are suggested.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > School of Architecture (Sheffield)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.489646
Depositing User: EThOS Import Sheffield
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2013 13:13
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2013 08:52
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3651

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