Individual lives, shared living: The role of place-based communities in a mobile world
My presentation focuses on everyday practices and understandings of mobility within co-living communities. Through semi-structured interviews and participant observation, I have investigated in which ways aspects of mobility, community and work play a role in the everyday lives of individuals living in co-living communities in Copenhagen, Denmark and Munich, Germany. Co-living entails a form of communal living, which puts aspects such as convenience,accessibility and flexibility at the center of attention, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of community. Examining the phenomenon of co-living, I aim to understand the role of the community in a society defined by mobility and flexibility. Through the analysis of everyday mobility practices and understandings, I explore how community as a notion is redefined and integrated into co-living.In this presentation,I analyse co-living as a product of an increasingly mobile and fluid society, where there is a need for instant and convenient forms of living. This form of living speaks to a niche group of people,whose practices and understandings are highly affected by mobility.In the presentation, I focus specifically on the findings related to how mobility can be understood as an inherent part of everyday life practices in these communities, and how mobility is present in understandings of and practices related to work and community.
Where am I going? How am I going? Wayfinding in Public Transit.
Navigating through new public transit systems takes a certain type of concentration. Eventually, if we travel these same systems often enough, we develop personal navigational patterns and habits to help us get to our destinations. Individuals who travel the same public transit routes often, tend to perform wayfinding tasks “without thinking” of their navigational choices. When a disturbance or a change occurs in their routines, new navigational decisions have to be made. These decisions are based off of a feeling the user gets in the situation. Often, these decisions are from previous experiences, and more commonly, what their mobile phone is indicating to them. Indoor and underground transit environments can be loud, unclear, and chaotic. Here, users rely heavily on design cues and their mobile phones to help orient themselves through the situation. A Destination-Task Investigation (DTI) used in this study, helps to better understand a user’s experience while navigating through indoor and underground transit spaces, how environmental characteristics (such as colour, lighting, and physical design) elicit certain emotional responses in navigational decisions, and how the mobile phone has influenced wayfinding behaviour patterns. The DTI involves recording first-hand experience from participants as they navigate through unfamiliar transit environments followed by an interview and a mind-map focusing on the participant’s decision-making process.
What types of interactions do bicyclists experience in Munich’s bicycle lanes?