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"Living In A Prototype: A Reconfigured Space"

Audrey Desjardins and Ron Wakkary. "Living In A Prototype: A Reconfigured Space." In CHI '16: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 5274-5285. New York: ACM Press, 2016.


In this paper, we present a twenty-three months autobiographical design project of converting a Mercedes Sprinter van into a camper van. This project allows us to investigate the complexities and nuances of a case where people engage in a process of making, transforming and adapting a space they live in. This example opens a radically different and productive context for revisiting concepts that are currently at the center of human-computer interaction (HCI) research: ubiquitous computing, home automation, smart homes, and the Internet of Things. We offer six qualities characterizing the evolving relationship between the makers and the lived-in environment: the van. We conclude with a discussion on the two themes of living in a reconfigured home and prototype qualities in a reconfigured space, and a critical reflection around the theme of the invariably unfinished home.

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