Hybrid Connected Spaces: Mediating User Activities in Physical and Digital Space

  • Carla Farina
  • Sotirios D. KotsopoulosEmail author
  • Federico Casalegno
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10921)


The ever connected, almost symbiotic bond between physical and digital domain gives birth to new contexts of use and behavior. Designing a building, conceiving its interior or exterior arrangement, is no longer an issue that can be resolved solely in the physical domain. It calls for the integration of a digital, immaterial dimension introducing new variables and expertise. The fields of Human Computer Interaction, Human Building Interaction and Architecture, designate new environments that appear to be a middle ground between the physical and digital domain. In these new Hybrid Spaces the traditional utilitarian features of space are different, the users act differently, and have reformed expectations. In this paper we question if space can guide, inform, and educate the users to improve usability. To answer this question two projects carried out by the Mobile Experience Lab are presented: the Atlas Service Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Connected Sustainable Home in Trento, north Italy. Motivation for this research was our interest in reconsidering the nature of everyday work and live environments and activities in a way that integrates the latest technological advancements. Hybrid Connected Spaces represent the potential of an original type of symbiotic physical and digital domain that enables new enactments to take place.


Interactive architecture Media architecture Human-building interaction User-center design 



Acknowledgement is due to all the MIT Mobile Experience Lab members involved in the Atlas Center and the Connected Sustainable Home. The Connected Sustainable Home research was conducted within the Green Home Alliance between the MIT Mobile Experience Lab and the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, in Trento, Italy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carla Farina
    • 1
  • Sotirios D. Kotsopoulos
    • 1
    Email author
  • Federico Casalegno
    • 1
  1. 1.Mobile Experience LabMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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