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Being private and public at home: an architectural perspective on video mediated communication in smart homes
KTH, Superseded Departments, School of Architecture.
2004 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Video mediated communication (VMC) is a two way real time audio and video communication between remote places. VMC has the potential to be applied favourably to many activities, services and functions in smart homes. The concept of smart homes refers to homes equipped with technological systems and appliances enabling centralised or remotely controllable integrated functionalities and services.

The main question for the current research work is formulated accordingly: How can spaces for video mediated communication be designed and integrated into smart homes? The governing idea is that there are two main perceptions of space in the design and integration of video mediated communication into smart homes. One concerns the conception of private and public spaces, the other relates to the idea of physical and digital spaces. The interrelationship between these two concepts is supposed to become important when VMC is considered for smart home applications.

This thesis is written from an architectural perspective. It refers to the functionalistic paradigm here defined basically as the set of essential functions of the home that have to be solved in order to achieve good dwellings. The function of the home can be described as the organisation of space and furniture to support activities and processes in and around it. The thesis is based upon five papers and a covering text providing background, analysis and reflection, as well as ideas on further development. The research method can be described as mainly explorative and design-oriented.

A principal result from the study is that a novel modality of space, the public digital space, appears when VMC is introduced into smart homes. Further, it is advocated that this modality is a relevant issue for the architectural profession and architectural research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Arkitekturskolan , 2004. , ix, 183 p.
Trita-ARK. Akademisk avhandling, ISSN 1402-7461 ; 2004:3
Keyword [en]
Environmental engineering and architecture, architecture, broadband, design, design theory, digital
Keyword [sv]
Samhällsbyggnadsteknik och arkitektur
National Category
Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-67ISBN: 91-7283-864-7OAI: diva2:14668
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2004-12-06, kollegiesalen, Valhallavägen 79, Stockholm, 14:00
Available from: 2004-12-06 Created: 2004-12-06 Last updated: 2012-03-20

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