Project: City Symphony Experience

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How do young and elderly people learn about different cultures? And how can you challenge peoples ideas of culture in their own city?

City Symphony allows people in the city to experience local culture around them in an engaging way. By hearing, not seeing, a new part of their city, the listener suspends judgement and opens up to a new experience. Can this non-judgmental and firsthand experience alter how we view our local communities and our neighbourhoods? 

Stations are placed around in Copenhagen. They broadcast live audio from different neighbourhoods. Find the stations and take them to a new location. When you move the stations to new locations you shape the experience for other people, and express your view of the urban environment.

This project stretched over four weeks and three courses. Kelvyn Marte, Osamu Shigeta, and I worked in the same team iterating on the same concept. First two weeks focused on people centred research, with Eilidh Dickson and Francesca Desmarais. Third week was video prototyping, with Taylor Hamilton and Derek Jennings. And the last week was experience prototyping with Alix Gillet-Kirt and John Lynch.

 We talked to a number of elders about learning about different cultures, and how they see the evolution of the urban community.

We talked to a number of elders about learning about different cultures, and how they see the evolution of the urban community.

 Collecting quotes and observations from some of the interviews. 

Collecting quotes and observations from some of the interviews. 

 Our design insights from research led us to a more focused design challenge. After a co-creation session with an elderly social group, we had three core concepts.

Our design insights from research led us to a more focused design challenge. After a co-creation session with an elderly social group, we had three core concepts.

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 First prototype: App flow sketched on post-its

First prototype: App flow sketched on post-its

 First experience interview: Testing first prototype with sounds from computer

First experience interview: Testing first prototype with sounds from computer

 Second experience interview: Listening to sounds

Second experience interview: Listening to sounds

 Second prototype: Seeing reactions to sign in the street

Second prototype: Seeing reactions to sign in the street

 Third prototype: Static website

Third prototype: Static website

Project, CIIDJens Obel