[ISEA2010] Paper: Martin Koplin, Carl Skelton, Helmut Eirund & Thorsten Teschke – Betaville


The Vision of Betaville – The new urban sculpture
Our vision of the new urbanity is the smart city, a city where you wish to live in, a city of art, a city designed by its inhabitants, for their dreams and their daily life. Betaville is a tool for the next step in such a mass participatory urban design and development reality. We have been inspired by connecting the idea of participatory design with social dynamics using the web, offering a mass player infrastructure for cultural expressions of live, architecture, city-textures, urban art, live-style, from group-design to ecological living. Our goal is to offer a mobile-stationary AR environment for smart cities – or such where citizens would like to change it into one. The Betaville system allows the participation of citizens and local groups in the local urban development from a very early stage on. We develop different types of interactivity and access, that accumulates the engagement of users to an new sort of urban sculpture.

  • Martin Koplin (DE) is the Managing Director of the M2C Institute for Applied Mediatechnology and Culture in Bremen and Scientist in Residence of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at the New York University. His actual work focusses on digital public and digital art in the new Polis.
  • Carl Skelton (US) is professor and the founding director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center (BxmC), and the Integrated Digital Media programs of NYU’s Polytechnic Insitute. He is a media artist and worked on serveral publications about digital media.
  • Helmut Eirund (DE) is professor for computer science and Scientific Director of the M2C Institute for Applied Mediatechnology and Culture. His actual project and research activities focus on mobile applications, multimedia systems, and electronic entertainment.
  • Thorsten Teschke (DE) is Professor for Computer Science in the Center for Informatics and Mediatechnology at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen.

Full text (PDF) p.  497-499