why wait?


Up to 15 participants will explore the experience of waiting by navigating the public spaces of central London.

Researchers and practitioners are invited to describe their approach to the concept of waiting and how it relates to design and the use of technologies by focusing on one of the themes outlined below. Other themes might also be suggested by applicants.

In order to aid us in preparations for the workshop we would appreciate if participants would notify us of their interest at their earliest convenience and follow up by sending a brief written description (2 pages maximum) outlining their stance on waiting by July 7th. We also welcome images, videos, graphics, animations, or whatever else you feel supports your submission

Waiting spaces
- How do the physical form and characteristics of a space affect the waiting that takes place there?
- How does the act of waiting affect the space?
- How might we design technologies to alter this relationship between occupants and the waiting place?
- How does extended time in a space lead to a greater awareness of the space and itís occupants?

Waiting times
- Does waiting appear as a pause in the daily flow?
- Is this pause actively embraced or passively endured?
- How do people spend their time when they are waiting?
- How do technology designers try to eliminate or support waiting times?

Waiting as a state of mind
- How can the experience of waiting differ?
- What are the different states of mind connected to waiting (ie. boredom, anxiety, anticipation etc)?
- How are technologies designed to alter or support these different states of mind?

Collective vs Individual waiting
- To what extent is the waiting experience shared with other people?
- How does sharing a common waiting experience affect the individual experience of waiting?
- How are technologies designed to affect our individual experience of waiting?
- How do technologies make the experience of waiting collectively perceived?