15 Digital Technology Projects that Transformed Public Spaces Forever

One website I look at frequently for inspiration for my exhibit design work is the Society of Experiential Graphic Design – or SEGD.org. In their about section, they define themselves as a “global, multidisciplinary community of professionals who plan, design, and build experiences that connect people to place. We are graphic and information designers, fabricators, architects, exhibition designers, technology integrators, interaction designers, brand strategists, students, wayfinding specialists, teachers, and others who have a hand in shaping content-rich, experiential spaces.”

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As part of its annual Vivid Sydney festival, the sails on the Jørn Utzon-designed Sydney Opera House become canvases for color and light. (Source)

I consider my studies in exhibit design to very closely align with experiential design and so many of the issues and ideas discussed within this community are very relevant to my work. Also, As many of the projects are housed within public spaces, museums, or other cultural institutions, I think they are also very applicable to this course.

airField scultpure in Atlanta

airFIELD (Nik Hafermaas, Ueberall) is a dynamic sculpture synched to real-time flight data reflecting the heartbeat of the world’s busiest air travel hub, the Atlanta Intl. Airport (2013). (Source)

Last week they published a list of 15 Digital Technology Projects that Transformed Public Spaces Forever and so many of the projects listed seem like great precedents for our class. From sculptures that respond to realtime data and cutting-edge interactive touchscreens to a video representing a “changing canvas for storytelling and public art” and multiple successful examples of wayfinding, this list is rich with ideas.

Philadelphia's Comcast Center

In 208 Movie director and HD pioneer David Niles transformed Philadelphia’s Comcast Center with an 85- by 25-ft. video wall that used a transportation hub as a gigantic, changing canvas for storytelling and public art. (Source)

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2 thoughts on “15 Digital Technology Projects that Transformed Public Spaces Forever

  1. Thank you for sharing this website- it is extremely helpful for our final project! I love exploring the new ways museums are increasing interaction with their community/visitors. Site specific exhibitions are of increased interest to me and their list is full of them. I am fascinated by the transformations they were able to achieve and the new ways in which museum can be experienced without losing their mission.

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  2. This post immediately grabbed my attention with the rich images you took from the article, and I quickly clicked the link and scrolled through all of the photos there myself (they were gorgeous). The creativity and ingenuity displayed in these works are fantastic, and I wish there had been an opportunity to discuss this in class. As you are involved in this area, I’d love to hear more of your thoughts on these kinds of projects, which are an exciting trend in the art world. I very much hope you discuss some of these projects in your final presentation, as I would love to learn more about how these are created, and how they can figure into museum spaces more and more as these works and the spaces themselves evolve.

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