In urban neighbourhoods anonymous structures are a main issue that goes along with an absence of interaction and a missing sense of community. The living interface Mimosa senses conversations, reacts directly to the interaction between people and visualizes it‘s development in a long-term view. Furthermore it creates an emotional need for care and support among the neighbors.
Mimosa is part of ConnectedCity, a research project exploring the interaction within urban neighborhoods. The main question is – how can interaction between neighbors be increased in an anonymous but socially diverse house? Our goal is to start a dialogue about practice-based research for urban living. We want to explore the urban lives of present and future citizens, their particular opportunities to interact, and their potential to engage in diverse cross generational communities.
ConnectedCity was started in Winter 2010 by Stephanie Neumann and Jonas Breme at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. Parts of the research were presented at Chi Sparks 2011 in Arnhem (NL) and Re:Publica 2012 in Berlin (DE).