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authors Mortola, E., Giangrande, A., Mirabelli, P. and Fortuzzi, A.
year 1998
title Introducing Hypermedia Tools in Community Planning and Design
source Computerised Craftsmanship [eCAADe Conference Proceedings] Paris (France) 24-26 September 1998, pp. 172-177
summary IT in Europe tends to become a passive reflection of American commercial interests instead of a mean of the production of European culture and society. A change of paradigm is needed from the passive, what we "can" do, towards the active way, what we want to do, deciding what is good and bad, to give an answer to needs and wishes of the society we are building. In the late years the research and teaching activity of CAAD Laboratory at DiPSA concentrate on sustainable planning, community planning and interactive design, developing computer based tools aimed at aiding the process and improving its effectiveness. The research work has been going on rapidly and successfully (some CDs and web sites were edited) but coming at real-life application we faced completely different problems and needed a completely different approach. We were not free anymore to run with "advanced" technology following a vision of the future thus avoiding any form of verification, but we found ourselves obliged to evaluate the present utility of the technology used. This caused a dramatic shift of focus from the technology itself to people who could take advantage of it and the target to reach. In other words working not to create gaps between people who can buy the latest equipment and knows how to use it and people who cannot. Our intention was to increase social participation not reduce it, by selecting people to be involved in building the environment. This meant not only lowering "technological le
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