– public space, design, prototyping, sensors, IoT, Columbia University GSAPP
Empire in collaboration with Columbia University, GSAPP
PublicBit is a mobile, open hardware unit developed for deployment in public spaces with sensing capabilities that are networked for real time transmission of city specific data. The data is synthesized to develop spatial proposals for linking physical and virtual public spaces, both in and between cities. An online platform simultaneously aggregates and broadcasts the data, providing a global platform for exchange. PublicBit forms an adaptive infrastructure in cities, emerging, networking, and responding in unprecedented ways through citizen engagement.
PublicBit was developed for use in the Public Space Workshop 5. The Public Space Workshop is an intensive three-week rapid exchange in search of emergent issues concerning contemporary public space. Students and faculty from participating universities collaborate at nodes within GSAPP’s Studio-X Global Network to investigate design issues, expanding their understanding through a diverse array of feedback. The cities are active testing grounds for research and experimentation within the built environment.
The PublicBit will be used to develop a proposal that establishes a position towards instigating and/or sustaining public space.
Proposals will be developed collaboratively and tested locally in the cities of Amman, Istanbul and Mumbai. Each team will propose an intervention at a strategic location(s) within each urban environment. The objective of the intervention is to connect the cities both virtually and physically. First, the PublicBit will capture information about the users and the environment, sensing the public space. Second, the design proposals communicate the collective information to the public by providing real-time feedback and a physical response to the data capture. Together they create a network that connects physical and virtual spaces.