An Analysis of Building Habitat with Networked Tools

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Light, A., Miskelly, C., and Thompson, S. 2008. An analysis of building habitat with networked tools.
In Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Conference on Computer-Human interaction: Designing For Habitus and Habitat (Cairns, Australia, December 08 - 12, 2008).
OZCHI '08, vol. 287. ACM, New York, NY, 180-187. DOI=


Interactive network technologies are taking our attention away from our habitat and distributing it worldwide. Can outwardpointing tools be turned back to focus on local needs? We examine social networking tools and location sensitive media for their potential to connect people to their environment in different ways, putting the tools’ use in context through an analysis of socially-motivated design practice. We explore two case studies of designing and conclude with a description of how we can support the embedding of social practices, and thus people, in their habitat through design interventions.

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