Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Architecture and the Internet

Designing websites as a place rather than a space ...

"Cyberspace, as the information space is called, has become accessible in the past decade through the World Wide Web. And although it can only be experienced through the mediation of computers, it is quickly becoming an alternative stage for everyday economic, cultural, and other human activities. As such, there is a potential and a need to design it according to place–like principles.

By looking at physical architecture as a case study and metaphor for organizing space into meaningful places, this paper explores the possibility of organizing Cyberspace into spatial settings that not only afford social interaction, but, like physical places, also embody and express cultural values. At the same time, because Cyberspace lacks materiality, is free from physical constraints, and because it can only be ‘inhabited’ by proxy, these ‘places’ may not necessarily resemble their physical counterparts."   continued ...   (Via firstMonday)

Distinguishing place from space. - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Distinguishing place from space.

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