Partizipation - Kollaborativ und Multimedial (PaKOMM)

Digital public participation has become a fixed format in democratic societies. Although early, comprehensive, and transparent involvement is key for successful planning processes, there are only a few encouraging experiments of multimedia participation approaches. Existing ones are often not tailored to the needs of the citizens. The application of different forms of representations, such as thematic maps, diagrams, aerial photographs, videos, and animations, so far, is only used isolated. The project's overall research issue is whether current multiuser and multimedia techniques may enhance the efficacy and efficiency of participatory planning procedures. In particular, the systematic combination of visualization types is examined for three participation settings (off-site, on-site, online) and the target devices used. 

Therefore, this project develops a uniform and cross-device interaction concept that foster co-creative joint development of planning variants by concatenating these participation settings. The concept is evaluated by implementing application-specific integrative solutions. Focusing on 3D experiences, besides CityScopes, we rely on mixed reality approaches via smartphones, tablets, and head-mounted displays, as they can improve spatial imagination and create experiences that are sharable in real-time. 

In the long term, PaKOMM contributes to more effective and efficient decision-making in collaborative participation processes.

This joint research project combines the expertise of the FTZ Digital Reality of Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, the City Science Lab as well the g2lab (both from HCU). The project is funded by the Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equality (BWFG).

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