Understanding the implications of Networked Social Interactions for the
Design of Public Suburban Spaces

Research Team Contacts
Kirralie Houghton - PhD Candidate
Urban Informatics
Creative Industries Faculty
Phone: 0425 257648 Phone: 07 313 88772

This project is being undertaken as part of PhD project for Kirralie Houghton.

The purpose of this project is to explore how people use public places as social places or third places and if new technology and media might change how people use and experience ‘third’ places. To consider how new media and new technologies can be utilized by planners and urban designers. The key questions to be considered are:

• What is the urban planner’s role in designing third places, specifically what new processes and tools will they need to develop urban spaces to meet the rapidly changing nature of public behaviour and social interaction in this mobile, real-time, and ubiquitous computing age?
• To critically examine the question of whether their needs to be a responsive change to physical place to meet the needs of a connected and ubiquitous computing age?
• How can new media be utilized by planners and designers to enhance the experience of place?
The research team requests your assistance because you have been identified as a professional working within the urban design or planning field.

Your participation in this project is voluntary. By filling in this survey you are agreeing to participate. All responses are anonymous. Your decision to participate will in no way impact upon your current or future relationship with QUT.

* 1. What are your three key aims when designing, planning or assessing a development of public space?

* 2. What user generated information could be useful for designers/planners of public places?

* 3. If you could provide the users of public spaces with additional information about those spaces what would it include?

* 4. Should urban designers and planners use social media to interact with the public on planning matters?

* 5. Are public events necessary for the development of good places?

* 6. What are the key barriers to public involvement or engagement in planning matters?

* 7. Do you think social and collaborative media tools will have an impact on the processes of urban planning in the future? (meaning things like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, myfriends, google doc, shared social media)

* 8. In your experience what are the main barriers or inhibitors of good design? (multiple answers ok)

* 9. What do you think is the best way to identify areas of need for tactical urban design responses?

* 10. How long have you been a designer or planner