Participatory Culture Incubator

2014 | Qualitative Research
Researcher, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, US

The Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IDeATe) connects diverse strengths across Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to advance education, research, and creative practice in domains that merge technology and arts expertise. IDeATe supports eight interrelated undergraduate areas, all of which can be taken as minors. The themes of these areas integrate knowledge in technology and arts: Game Design, Animation and Special Effects, Media Design, Sonic Arts, Design for Learning, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Intelligent Environments, and Physical Computing.

In 2014 and as part of IDeATe, a research team was formed to explore the idea of creating a new kind of collaborative and participatory space in Oakland, Pittsburgh. The aim of the space would be to connect communities with different stakeholders in the area, including Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Carnegie Museum of Arts. I was a reasearcher and part of the initial exploratory group investigating the potential creation of such a space, called a Participatory Culture Incubator (PCI). The group's investigation aimed at exploring how a groundbreaking participatory culture incubator could help the evolution of the academic and culture institutions of the area and contribute to the neighborhood development. My role included interviews and mental mapping with diverse stakeholders, data gathering and the organisayion of a participatory workshop.