“No powers, man!”: A student perspective on designing university smart building interactions

Mitchell Finnigan, Samantha and Clear, Adrian (2020) “No powers, man!”: A student perspective on designing university smart building interactions. In: CHI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, p. 47. ISBN 9781450367080

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Smart buildings offer an opportunity for better performance and enhanced experience by contextualising services and interactions to the needs and practices of occupants. Yet, this vision is limited by established approaches to building management, delivered top-down through professional facilities management teams, opening up an interaction-gap between occupants and the spaces they inhabit. To address the challenge of how smart buildings might be more inclusively managed, we present the results of a qualitative study with student occupants of a smart building, with design workshops including building walks and speculative futuring. We develop new understandings of how student occupants conceptualise and evaluate spaces as they experience them, and of how building management practices might evolve with new sociotechnical systems that better leverage occupant agency. Our findings point to important directions for HCI research in this nascent area, including the need for HBI (Human-Building Interaction) design to challenge entrenched roles in building management.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human-building interaction, HBI, Sustainability, Sustainable HCI, Speculative design, Walking, Living lab
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
G600 Software Engineering
G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2020 14:17
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 12:21
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/42855

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