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Recording the Past – Designing the Future: The InstaBooth for Situated Community Engagement


QUT Engagement Innovation Grant 2014 – 2015

The InstaBooth is a telephone booth-inspired portable structure that captures citizens’ past stories and present opinions, particularly opinions regarding the use and design of public spaces. The aim of the InstaBooth project is to employ design approaches to engage local communities in a situated debate on the future of their urban environment. The Instabooth uses tangible and hybrid interaction such as multi-touch screens and media façades to facilitate face-to-face and digitally mediated discussions.

The design of the InstaBooth combines multiple interaction techniques, including a number of QUT-developed display and interaction technologies, into a hybrid (digital and analogue) media space. Outside the InstaBooth, urban design proposals are projected onto adjacent building façades and pavements. Inside the InstaBooth, visitors can activate a multi-touch screen in order to browse media, write a note, or draw a picture to provide feedback. The specific design of the internal and external interfaces, the mutual relationship between these interfaces with regards to information display and interaction, and the question of how visitors can engage with the system, are all part of the research agenda of this project.