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Media architecture and ways to participate: informational layers and interfaces of engagement in the public space

Grant number: 17/22634-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2018
Effective date (End): July 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Art Fundamentals and Criticism
Principal Investigator:Giselle Beiguelman
Grantee:Artur Vasconcelos Cordeiro
Host Institution: Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):18/26544-0 - Participatory urban experiences with connected devices: investigation on media architecture, internet of things and community engagement, BE.EP.DR


This work investigates how digital technologies can be used in place making and people engagement. From the informational context of the contemporary city, which encompasses infrastructures and communication systems, digital media and network culture, the purpose of this research is to explore the relationship between digital art, architecture and public space in the city of São Paulo. It problematizes political issues of privacy in technological relation with public space. Based on urban theoretical framework and artistic practices with digital and network technologies that promote social participation and occupation of the environment, it is intended to identify challenges and potentialities of the architecture expanded by the informational layers as an instrument of place making. In this way, while this work is searching for possible ways of using digital media, it stresses questions about the discourse of smart cities, automation and urban monitoring. It makes a critical reflection about the perception of the city mediated by digital devices, problematizing aesthetic and political aspects in the ambit of art and architecture.

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CORDEIRO, Artur Vasconcelos. Media architecture and ways to participate: informational layers and interfaces of engagement in the public space. 2020. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU/SBI) São Paulo.

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