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VOLUME XXIX.3 May - June 2022

  • WELCOME
    • Thinking cities

      Eric Corbett, Daniela Rosner, Alex Taylor, Mikael Wiberg

      The notion of "spatial" means relating to, occupying, or having the character of space. While the spatial dimensions of urban environments have always been subject to rapid reconfiguration, the extent to which digital technology can now drive spatial change is worth noting. Consider Burger King (Home of the Whopper),…

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  • What are you reading?
    • What are you reading? Ali Kenner

      Ali Kenner

      What are you reading? Ali Kenner

      Several years ago, a colleague commented, "I don't know how you can work on climate change; it's such a huge topic and there is so much to read." At the time—about 2016—I was just starting out, teaching public workshops on climate science and local impacts in Philadelphia. The aim…

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  • Blog@IX
    • Rethinking the participatory design conference experience

      Rachel Clarke

      Rethinking the participatory design conference experience

      I read an article recently that suggested with the growth of online and hybrid conferences in response to Covid-19, there were more opportunities for everyone. The focus of the article was on celebrating the enabling potential of technology to make this happen. But after spending the past two years…

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  • Exhibit X
    • Airbrush hyperfabric

      Brett Halperin

      Airbrush hyperfabric

      Airbrush Hyperfabric is interactive storytelling fabric that connects garments to AR/VR/3D digital experiences of motion graphics and music to amplify countercultural voices. The project investigates how the style of streetwear originated in defiance of social norms such as formalwear, a style inaccessible to many people. Mainstream cultural appropriation and…

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  • Columns
    • Platform urbanism, urban HCI, and digital civics: An open landscape for opportunity

      Elizabeth Churchill

      Platform urbanism, urban HCI, and digital civics: An open landscape for opportunity

      In the 19th century, naked commercial greed became the principal force that shaped the heart of the city…. — Lewis Mumford In a documentary accompanying his 1961 book, The City in History, Lewis Mumford bemoans the lack of balance between technology and humanity in urban planning. Given Mumford's background…

    • Designing the unfinished: A home is not a house

      Daria Loi

      Designing the unfinished: A home is not a house

      Question your tea spoons [1]. As a trained architect, understanding how to envision a new structure and how to make it real from a materials and construction science perspective was part of my learning experience. Learning how to take into account specific contextual realities and boundaries (spatial, geological, environmental,…

    • Understanding uncertainty on a map is harder than you think

      Lace Padilla

      Understanding uncertainty on a map is harder than you think

      We learn about maps from an early age by playing with them in school, drawing ones of our neighborhoods, and locating distant lands with different customs and traditions. Maps can help us explore the world and find our way back home. However, all maps are merely small-scale depictions of…

    • Testing theories of task in visual analytics

      Leilani Battle, Alvitta Ottley

      Testing theories of task in visual analytics

      Theory research plays a critical role in many areas of computer science, including artificial intelligence, programming languages, and human-computer interaction. However, striving to encapsulate the human experience within a math equation or a concise model can seem reductive at best, especially when the goal is to design software that…

    • Flying under the gaydar

      Gopinaath Kannabiran

      Flying under the gaydar

      In this column, I propose a queer perspective on spatial justice that foregrounds a strategy of "flying under the gaydar" in relation to the more prevalent strategy of "out and proud" espoused in Western discourses about diversity, equity, and inclusion. The out-and-proud strategy of queer inclusion operates based on…

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  • Making/breaking
    • Magnets

      Jasmina Maric

      Magnets

      With the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak, we suddenly found ourselves deprived of a basic human need: social interaction. The whole world faced an unprecedented situation of isolation, scared to get close to other human beings. The very same conditions that separated us also brought us together. Magnets map…

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  • Forums
    • Tangible and intangible spaces of community connectivity

      Débora de Castro Leal, Elaine Correa Teles

      Tangible and intangible spaces of community connectivity

      To expand Internet connectivity to communities on the periphery of the world system [1] has been a goal for parts of the HCI community for decades now, as well as for activists and big tech. Efforts include physical centers, where people have access to computers, the Internet, and personal…

    • Before the algorithm, what’s in the imagination?

      Jasmine McNealy

      Before the algorithm, what’s in the imagination?

      Before the algorithmic systems being deployed to assist with decision making in both public and private sectors came into being—and before they were shown to be harmful to various groups of people because of predictions based on presumed relationships found in data—they existed in the minds of designers, product…

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  • Community square
    • Open(ing) calls, making space

      SIGCHI Executive Committee

      Open(ing) calls, making space

      In the coming years, our newly formed Executive Committee (EC) aspires to bring to the Community Square reflections from our experiences serving the SIGCHI community. Aligning with the theme for this Interactions issue, we write here about making space in community leadership through our commitment to open calls—the mechanism…

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  • Features
    • Beyond dyadic HRI: Building robots for society

      Eva Hornecker, Antonia Krummheuer, Andreas Bischof, Matthias Rehm

      Beyond dyadic HRI: Building robots for society

      The idea of a robot that autonomously takes over human work stems from automation, where robots have successfully transformed industry and the work context on factory floors. But when robots move out of the restricted and often static environment of the factory floor and are introduced into social and…

    • Esports meets human-computer interaction

      Simone Kriglstein, Anna Martin-Niedecken, Josef Spjut, Nicole Damen, Selen Türkay, Anders Drachen

      Esports meets human-computer interaction

      Esports are video games played competitively for fun and profit at both amateur and professional levels. Esports have matured into an independent sports sector similar to traditional sports [1,2], including support for international events and governing bodies. The esports industry has become a growing mainstream phenomenon, with young audiences…

    • Rethinking ‘smart’ islands: Toward humane, self-aware, and cooperative hybrid islands

      Norbert Streitz, Christine Riedmann-Streitz

      Rethinking ‘smart’ islands: Toward humane, self-aware, and cooperative hybrid islands

      Technology is the Answer, but what was the Question? — Cedric Price, architect (1934–2003) Madeira coastline The term smart is becoming ubiquitous and at the same time arbitrary due to an extensive and uncontrolled variety of interpretations and connotations. It no longer serves a purpose of providing distinction and…

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  • Dialogues
    • Who wants to live in a filter bubble? From ‘Zillow surfing’ to data-driven segregation

      Yanni Loukissas

      Who wants to live in a filter bubble? From ‘Zillow surfing’ to data-driven segregation

      On November 19, 2020—a peak moment of Covid-induced anxiety and restlessness—the New York Times published an article on "Zillow surfing," an increasingly common form of virtual escapism [1]. Many U.S. readers will be familiar with Zillow, the market's dominant service for selling, buying, renting, and financing residential real estate.…

    • Racial segregation and data-driven society

      Rashida Richardson, Eric Corbett

      Racial segregation and data-driven society

      At this juncture, pointing out the tendency for modern artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies to perpetrate various "-isms" (racism, sexism, colonialism, etc.) is uncontroversial. Among these issues, the intersections of ML and racism have received the most attention, in both popular press and academic discourses. Yet…

    • Sounds of New York City

      Graham Dove, Charlie Mydlarz, Juan Bello, Oded Nov

      Sounds of New York City

      More than 70 million people in major U.S. cities are estimated to be exposed to noise levels considered harmful by the Environmental Protection Agency [1], and noise pollution is consistently among the most-cited and highest-impact quality-of-life issues for residents. For the past five years, we have been conducting research…

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  • Calendar
    • Calendar

      INTR Staff

      May CHI 2022: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (New Orleans, USA and virtual) April 30 – May 5, 2022 https://chi2022.acm.org/ GI '22: Graphics Interface 2022 (Montreal, Canada) May 17–19, 2022 http://graphicsinterface.org/conference/2022/ June AVI '22: International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (Rome, Italy) June 6–10,…

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  • Exit
    • Music lives here

      Nick Butcher, Nadine Nakanishi, Maya Bird-Murphy

      Music lives here

      Contributors: Sonnenzimmer (Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi) and Maya Bird-Murphy Curator/Editor: Nia Easley Music Lives Here is a public art project by Chicago graphic art studio Sonnenzimmer (Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi) and Maya Bird-Murphy of Chicago Mobile Makers celebrating Chicago's musical legacy. The project was commissioned by the…

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