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1 Our Physical Landscape’s Potential Recognizing SFU’s architecture to build stronger relationships with the community

2 Presenter’s assumption The natural beauty and physical landscape of the Greater Vancouver region has been recognized as one of its greatest assets. However, the way in which the built structures/institutions of the region interface with this natural landscape remains a relatively untapped asset in increasing their profile.

3 Project Overview To provide a multi-language architectural tour of SFU's buildings and physical landscape. To provide this expert information in an automated fashion using existing and developing technologies. To provide a 'take-home' deliverable to tour participants.

4 Audience Tourists / visitors to campus Conference attendees New / potential students and their families New faculty and staff Greater community

5 Benefits Resource for individuals wanting to learn more about SFU's architecture and its influence over other building projects – locally, nationally, internationally. Linking this architecture to SFU's history/development. Linking to current facilities, departments, programs and services. Allowing participants to revisit their experience in the form of a personalized ‘travel journal’.

6 Tour Format (part 1) As an individual walks around any of SFU's three campuses, be it Burnaby, Vancouver or Surrey, their media/mobile device (cell phone, PDA/Blackberry, rented headset, etc.) will allow them to access/receive information about their immediate surroundings.

7 Tour Format (part 2) Shortly after completion of their tour (48-72 hours) the individual receives an automated with a link to their 'Travel Log'.

8 Tour Format (part 3) This Travel Log will contain an overview of the surroundings visited during the tour (date/time stamped), as well as media-rich content such as links to images, video, history and current SFU services/departments associated with that location, and external links.

9 Considerations Content and its successful delivery are the primary focuses of this project. Technology is the limiting factor on the success of this project.

10 Technology: Location Detection METHOD: GPS (Global Positioning Systems) –LIMITATION: concrete structures METHOD: Cell Phone Towers –LIMITATION: requires media/mobile devices be enabled; metre 'drift' METHOD: Wireless / Blue-Tooth –LIMITATION: requires media/mobile devices be enabled

11 Technology: Location Detection METHOD: Short Codes - a menu system allowing users to enter their physical location into their media/mobile device. –LIMITATION: need for physical markers

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13 Short Code examples Translink Bus stops SkyTrain “SkyTour” (now defunct) Mobile MUSE Research Network "Metrocode" project –Vancouver Sculpture Biennale (http://www.vancouverbiennale.com)http://www.vancouverbiennale.com –Ubiquity Interactive (mobile way-finding at UBC)

14 Travel Log example SFU’s 7 th Floor Media –Re:call Mobile Memory Research Project

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16 Phase 1 (6 - 9 months) Content –Identification & expert development –Short Code development Platform –Menu system access via cell phones (dial-up) & rentable PDAs (content preloaded) Delivery –Short Code menu system –Audio – ed Travel Log Assessment –Survey –Focus Group –Online feedback

17 Phase 2 ( months) Content evolution –Expert revisions –Community Feedback Platform evolution –Enable wireless & Bluetooth devices Delivery evolution –Audio, text, media –Travel Log with increased linkages to University departments/facilities/services Assessment evolution –Concentration on web feedback via Travel Log

18 Phase 3 (18 months & onward) Content evolution –Way-finding Platform evolution –Enable GPS Delivery evolution –Directions & services sent to device Assessment evolution –Web based only

19 Existing / Available Resources Johnston, H (2005). Radical Campus. Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre. SFU Archives and Records Management Department (F-223 Hugh Johnston fonds, architectural journal clippings, unpublished [untitled] architectural manuscript) Vancouver Art Gallery (Erickson Critical Works Collection) UBC School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Architectural Institute of British Columbia Emily Carr Institute for Art, Design & Media


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