betwixt: technology and transitional space

betwixt: technology and transitional space is a workshop organized by Arianna Bassoli, Johanna Brewer and Karen Martin at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine on September 16, 2006. It's a follow up of the Why wait? workshop. The workshop tackles the notion of "transitional spaces" (sidewalks, highways, lifts, buses, tunnels, stairwells, bike paths, parking lots, lobbies, airports, waiting rooms, train stations, and drive-thrus) with regards to design questions such as "How can we begin to design technologies that recognize the richness of these transitional spaces?" or "Why aren't these places valued in their own right?".

What I am interested in is this idea of "traces":

Traces of Change - What physical traces of the different uses of a transitional space can we see? - Which of these uses have been embraced and legitimized, and how? - Which of these traces last the longest, and which are erased quickly? - What determines the duration of these traces?

Why do I blog this? I am more and more interested by the use of geospatial traces (in the broad sense) and how it can shape user experience in various contexts (potential projects here for the future).