Designing and Building communIT

Carlos Henrique Araujo De Aguiar, Keith Green, Trevor Pinch, Gilly Leshed, Kevin Guo, Yeolim Jo

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Many subgroups in the US remain marginalized from, misunderstood by, or invisible to the larger communities they reside in. Technologies supporting community building, more generally, have focused on apps, but these apps can fall short of making visible and heard subgroups such as the LGTBQ+, immigrant, and black populations. In response to this shortcoming, we report on the design iterations and an early evaluation of communIT - an interactive artifact for making visible and heard subgroups towards building community. To inform the design of communIT, we conducted in our lab a design studio study (N=57), a co-design activity with a to-scale prototype (N=12), and a co-design activity with a full-scale prototype (N=28). This paper offers a design exemplar of a large-scale, cyber-physical artifact that might support groups in shaping their identities, practices, and roles in the larger community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th Media Architecture Biennale Conference, MAB 2020
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450390484
StatePublished - Jun 28 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event5th Media Architecture Biennale Conference, MAB 2020 - Virtual, Online, Netherlands
Duration: Jun 28 2021Jul 2 2021

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference5th Media Architecture Biennale Conference, MAB 2020
CityVirtual, Online


  • Architectural robotics
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Media architecture
  • Responsive environments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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