Interactive trees find information

| By Dorrit Bøilerehauge | Notify the newsdesk of a story

Cph Street Lab with trees to talk to

Development of smart solutions for cities - or just smart cities – entails mapping and gathering information about people and activities in cities, and using the information for developing cities and quite often public services. The ways, ends and means of smart cities development vary immensely, but a common denominator is engagement of citizens.

The above may sound way too simple to some and rather abstract to many, so Nordic Design News talked to Liselott Stenfeldt, who is team lead of Interactive Spaces Lab, at Alexandra Institute to find out, how it all works, and why the new sensor in the public place in Copenhagen is a tree.

“The digital tree, TREE.O, gather information about activities in anonymous ways, but they are also interactive. One of them work as a musical instrument. We chose trees as a form, because of their reference to green and recreative areas. Because of the associations with health and tranquillity. Besides, we wanted to show technology with an organic character in harmony with the surroundings, rather than something mechanic and distant.”

Liselott Stenfeldt elaborates: “It is our ambition with Copenhagen Street Lab, that people become more positive towards the use of technology and data gathering in city development. The tree is not surveying but rather inviting to dialogue. Also on social media, where you can upload photos and comments on TREE.0 and use #treepoint0. The trees are prototypes, and the data will help us learn more about developing future cities.”

TREE.0 is funded by TREE.0 is funded by Realdania and developed by Alexandra Institute in cooperation with Danish Architecture Centre, Design Society, International Federation for Housing and Planning, Kraks Fond, Copenhagen Solutions Lab, and Gehl Architects.
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