LAWRENCEVILLE REDESIGNING FOR AN URBAN NEIGHBORHOOD
Somya Jampala, Eric Spaulding, and Katy Tsai
CONTENTS DESIGN PROBLEM USER GROUPS RESEARCH | FINDINGS & KEY RESPONSES GOALS & OPPORTUNITIES BRAINSTORMING & IDEATION SPEED DATING CONCEPT STORYBOARDS DESIGN GUIDES PERSONA VIDEOSKETCH SYSTEM DIAGRAM CONCLUSION
DESIGN PROBLEM New residents need a way to explore spaces in their neighborhoods at a self-defined pace and in a way that can be both social and personal.
USER GROUPS PRIMARY USER GROUP New residents looking to explore their neighborhood, meet their neighbors, and establish a sense of home.
SECONDARY USER GROUP Current residents looking to explore new places in their neighborhood and meet new people.
RESEARCH SITE VISITS
Lawrenceville, Shadyside, Strip District
16 USER/STAKEHOLDER INTERVIEWS 4 couples, 4 single residents, 4 students
USER SURVEYS (64 respondents)
RESEARCH FINDINGS • Restaurants, bars/clubs, shopping • Reliance on word-of-mouth and the Internet LAWRENCEVILLE
• Inconsistent information display • Receptive to meeting new people at bars/ events. • Use Google Maps or mobile phones to explore • Seek semi-structured exploration
KEY RESPONSES “I don’t want to stick out as the newbie, but I want to know what’s going on around me.” “Everything seems to revolve around the Steelers. Can I fit in if I don’t wear a jersey?”
How do you develop a sense of home in new city?
“Getting lost is imperative.” “...make the daily routine from the previous city align in the new city...”
“Surround myself with meaningful people” “try to find favorite places that I can return to and recognize people at, restaurants and bars are easiest”
GOALS & OPPORTUNITIES DEVELOPING A SENSE OF HOME
GETTING LOST ESTABLISHING A GROUP OF FRIENDS FINDING LOCAL RESTURANTS, CAFES, AND BARS ESTABLISHING A ROUTINE BUILDING IN ESTABLISHED PREFERENCES INTO ACTIVITES
COMMON THEMES • Relevance of info • Broadcasting, displaying, and sharing information • Interacting with objects in the environment • Collaborative interactions between people
CONNECTING ATTRIBUTES OF GOALS WITH OBJECTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT
SPEED DATING Tartan Cafe • 2 females • 2 males
Skibo Cafe • 2 females • 1 male
Personal Friends • 1 female • 2 males
KICK THE CAN
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED ABOUT THE EMOTIONAL STATE OF YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
Garbage cans display the emotional state of the neighborhood and broadcast neighborhood events.
STEPPING STONES HAVE YOU EVER NEEDED HELP EXPLORING A NEW NEIGHBORHOOD?
New residents will activate paths in the environment via stepping stones, helping them to “get lost” and discover new venues and events.
HAVE YOUR EVER WANTED TO KNOW THE STORY OF YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
The creatures of Lawrenceville are hidden throughout the neighborhood, ready to share and create stories.
DIGITAL MESSAGE BALL
HAVE YOU EVER HAD TROUBLE INITIATING CONVERSATION?
Interactive message balls slide from surface to surface to break the ice and start new conversations.
SCAVENGER HUNT HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO BREAK YOUR ROUTINE AND TRY SOMETHING NEW TO EXPLORE?
A neighborhood scavenger hunt helps new and old residents break routines to explore and meet people.
DESIGN GUIDES 1. NEW MODES OF INTERACTIONS WITH OBJECTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT 2. GETTING LOST TO EXPLORE 3. SOCIAL BOUNDARIES OF COMMUNICATION 4. SOCIAL INTERACTION VIA GAMES
PERSONA TOM HANNAN, AGE 32 BACKGROUND Tom is a resident at Children’s Hospital in Lawrenceville. He spent nearly all of his life in Baltimore and went to school at Johns Hopkins. Though he misses his friends in Baltimore, he’s determined to explore the city and make it his own. Tom doesn’t have much free time, but he wants to develop a comfort zone like he had in Baltimore through a core group of friends, and good restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs.
GOALS • Find a neighborhood/community that suits him • Buy a house within the next 2-3 years with a yard for a dog • Be able to take public transit or walk while exploring • Fit in with the culture in a way that doesn’t feel forced. • Make friends beyond those he meets at work. Ideally he’d liked to find some friends that are into cycling and kayaking on the rivers in the summer months.
SYSTEM DIAGRAM System Rules • Bi-weekly scavenger hunts feature 3 participating spaces. • Spaces include restaurant/pubs, historical sites, entertainment venues, and art studios. • Venues change biweekly, providing new exploration avenues. • Users can opt out at any time.
DNA Gallery Elements
Stepper Stone Venues (Weekend of 10/14)
Historical, New Event, or New Business info (Weekend of 10/14)
Fieldhouse Round Corner Cantina Brillobox
Scavenger Hunt Venue Participants (Weekend of 10/14)
THANK YOU Somya, Katy, and Eric