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Title: Situated and overview data in the shared spaces of community gardens
Author: Sethu-Jones, Geraint Rhys
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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Urban spaces are increasingly being used to grow plants (Hirsch et al., 2010) by communities (Blevis and Morse, 2009). Gardening is a complex task (Lyle, 2013) that could benefit from technological support (Campbell, 2013) (Lyle, 2013), however existing sensing and data technologies do not transfer well to a community context (Campbell, 2013) despite demonstrated benefits in commercial and industrial settings (Seelan et al., 2003). Some have argued that such technologies are inherently unsuitable for community growing contexts (Odom, 2010), however it is the specific design of these technologies that is inappropriate to a 'natural world' context, rather than technology itself (Bidwell and Browning, 2010). This thesis seeks to explore the tension between the potential benefits of sensors and data in community gardens, and the non-use of these technologies, using a Research In The Wild (RITW) approach (Rogers and Marshall, 2017). Contextual interviews were conducted in 5 community gardens to establish context and practice. This was followed by a design workshop, to elicit responses to novel technologies. The third phase was an experiment investigating theoretical questions about space and data that arose from the earlier phases. The fourth phase involved deploying a provocative prototype into a community garden, to investigate responses to novel technology in context. There are three contributions of this thesis based on this exploration of community gardens as shared spaces. The primary contributions are: 1. Domain Specific key themes and implications for design, and 2. Empirical observations about how situated and overview data representations alter the emergence of action in shared spaces. Additionally, there is a secondary reflective Methodological contribution, focusing on the use of RITW as a framing for research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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