Media Lab Helsinki

arabianasukas

In the Hood (IntelCities)

I became a lion wearing a crown! – IN THE HOOD researches city planning by the means of storytelling.

What is the “real” Arabianranta neighbourhood like? How should the area be developed in the future? Do storytelling and entertainment help us understand complex matters?

Inhabitants of Arabianranta (Helsinki) answer thematic questions about their neighbourhood in the web application “In the Hood”. Within this IntelCities EC project, Crucible Studio researches city planning by the means of storytelling.

This is how it works:

The questions are divided into themes such as life span and the way of life in Arabianranta; the neighbourhood’s relation to the rest of the city; transportation and traveling in the area; services; community and the neighbourhood; Arabianranta as

datacity; culture, design and history and nature and landscape. Thematically ordered sentences are dragged and dropped into an order of preference.

According to these answers, inhabitants become playful animated characters. The Citizen, the Consumer, the Resident and the Worker communicate and compare ideas about the neighbourhood and its desired future with other characters and simultaneously promote participative city planning.

http://www11.uiah.fi/kulmilla/

Credits

www.intelcitiesproject.com

“In the Hood” is part of the Intelligent Cities IST-2002-507860

(IntelCities) project financed by the European Commission. The research is done in cooperation with University of Art and Design Helsinki, Media Lab, Media Centre Lume, Crucible Studio and Future Home Institute

Art and Design City

The City of Helsinki

VTT

The City of Tampere

Research for this application was also conducted in the “Election Star” project (2004) in cooperation with University of Art and Design Helsinki, Alma Media and Helsinki School of Economics.