Designing shared spaces, one example

Written by: Punya Mishra

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Design is about engineering. It is about art. And most importantly it is about the psychology of individuals and groups and their interactions with artifacts.

I am always on the lookout for examples of good (or bad) design. Sadly I too often come across the latter than the former!

One fantastic example of good design I recently came across (thanks to Chris Rust and the PhD-Design List) ‘one of the most ambitious examples so far of “shared space” street design.” You have to see the video below to understand how design changes how humans behave and interact.

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Punya Mishra is a professor of Educational Psychology & Educational Technology at the College of Education at Michigan State University. He also directs the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program. He recently co-chaired the SITE 2011 conference at Nashville after having chaired the Innovation & Technology Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. The readers and editors of Technology and Learning journal recently named him as one of the ten most influential people in educational technology.

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