Aurora – Floating Interactive Lighting for Public Spaces

Projekttyp: Masterarbeit 2012
Student: Wolfgang B. Klein
Field of Excellence: Interaktion | Interaction Design

Floating lights – What qualities can they provide for people? And how can a lighting system work which is primarily determined by users, not authorities?

Schwebende Lichter – Welche Bedeutung können sie für uns haben? Und wie kann ein öffentliches Beleuchtungssystem aussehen, das hauptsächlich von Nutzern, und nicht von Behörden bestimmt wird?

Aurora is a visionary lighting system for public spaces that uses floating, user-responding and context-aware light
sources. This project asks what functions and services these new qualities imply and how initial rejection from the public can be reduced – all while creating a harmonious experience. Approaching sustainability from the angle of material-efficiency, this project examines the potential of flexible infrastructures. Also, Aurora combines the positive features of present-day lampposts and formerly used hand-held lanterns. Various mock-ups were presented to test participants, both in the lab and the city. This revealed how people spontaneously react to such a light, what they expect its behaviour to be, and how they characterize it. The insights were reinserted into the iterative design process. Altogether, Aurora uses lighting to let people define public space themselves; the city adapts to them – not vice versa as usual.

Dank: Karmen Franinovic, Lorna Goulden, Carl Ray Miller & my guinea pigs.

Aktualisiert am: 18. Juni 2012