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An atomistic language model is frequently used to codify what is seen as the logical sequence of steps in the design process. Following the critique of Wittgenstein, this language model, derived from Positivist theory, has been generally abandoned by philosophers of language. It is argued here that despite its apparent successes in the short term, the model(More)
BACKGROUND Researchers in environmental psychology, health studies and urban design are interested in the relationship between the environment, behaviour settings and emotions. In particular, happiness, or the presence of positive emotional mindsets, broadens an individual's thought-action repertoire with positive benefits to physical and intellectual(More)
This paper examines what an understanding of some of the key characteristics of computer games can contribute to design. Drawing on insights from Freud, hermeneutical theorists, and games themselves, we focus on repetition, its variation, and the matter of the ethical in computer games. The essay is concerned less with resolving the ethical questions posed(More)
Background Researchers in environmental psychology have consistently shown the restorative potential of natural – over urban-settings using video/photographic experiments in laboratory settings applying subjectively rated scales. But few studies have employed objective indicators of emotional response. This study investigates the use of(More)
We examine the uses of prototypic devices in research and in design, focusing on a particular configuration of hardware and software for incorporating manual sketching into computer environments. We discuss the phenomenology of disclosure, attending to the revealing and concealing capabilities of such devices. We call on theories from pragmatism, surrealism(More)
Spellbinder is a new interactive digital medium based on camera phones and image matching. Using Spellbinder, digital content can be embedded in the real world by taking a photograph of an object or place. The digital content can be released by another user by taking another photograph of the same location. Spellbinder does not require special markers or(More)
Interaction design is increasingly about embedding interactive technologies in our built environment; architecture is increasingly about the use of interactive technologies to reimagine and dynamically repurpose our built environment. This forum focuses on this intersection of interaction and architecture. <b>--- Mikael Wiberg, Editor</b>