Researchers from the From Prevention to Resilience project submitted a Late-Breaking Work at the Media Architecture Biennale 20, which got accepted. The short paper is titled: Generating and Disseminating Intermediate-level Knowledge on Multiple Levels of Abstraction: An Exploratory Case in Media Architecture and features the first findings and insights from the project, see abstract below.
The paper was written by Boudewijn Boon (Hva), Maximiliane Nirschl (HvA), Giulia Gualtieri (HvA), Frank Suurenbroek (HvA), Martijn de Waal (HvA) and will be featured in the MAB20’s ACM Proceedings, soon to be published.
The concept of intermediate-level knowledge is increasingly used in interaction design research and media architecture. Recently it has been proposed that intermediate-level knowledge is better actionable to designers when it is conveyed on multiple levels of abstraction. This paper shares an approach-in-the-making to generate and disseminate knowledge in line with this proposition. We describe an ongoing exploratory case in which the aim is to generate actionable insights with regards to promoting neighbourhood resilience through media architecture. In our approach, we explicate knowledge on three levels of abstraction: design examples (most concrete), a framework (most abstract) and design strategies(in between design examples and framework). We discuss how the roles of these levels of abstraction are distinct when either generating or disseminating knowledge. We conclude our paper by looking ahead. As our research team will start to engage with partners in social design, architecture and urban planning, we will explore how our multi-level approach to intermediate-level knowledge is fruitful in generating actionable insights for a more interdisciplinary audience.