City, Building, Body: How to Design at Different Scales

Session Title

City, Building, Body: How to Design at Different Scales


Molly Steenson, Princeton School of Architecture

Session Type: Presentation

We now look beyond the experience of the screen to deliver digital experience — but what really works? How do we move beyond the jargon? When we talk about urban computing and the mobile social web, what works, and what do we really mean? How do we stretch beyond the screen into interaction design for the city, the building, and the body? How do we extend the brand and the user experience into a sensical and scalable set of interactions?

In this session, we will examine a series of strategies that help designers to unite successful interactions at the urban, architectural and personal scales. Specific case studies and examples will demonstrate applications of meaningful user experience at the urban, the architectural and the personal scale.


Molly Wright Steenson started working with the Internet for Fortune 500 companies in 1994. She is currently working on her Ph.D. student at Princeton’s School of Architecture, where her research focuses on the nexus of urbanism, architecture and personal technology. As an interaction designer, Molly worked with a wide variety of companies building large scale, complex websites and mobile applications. Recent projects in India and China for Microsoft Research and Intel Research examine the nexus of social media, technology and everyday life. Molly was a resident associate professor at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy and ran the Connected Communities research area. She also holds a Master’s in Environmental Design from the Yale School of Architecture.

One Comment

  1. Posted September 25, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    The issues that Ms. Steenson is touching on here are going to become increasingly more important for interaction designers — and interaction designers are going to have an increasingly more important role in shaping our built environments.

    I’ve proposed a presentation that will touch on some of these issues as well, but it sounds like Ms. Steenson’s talk comes at this from a different perspective. I’m looking forward to seeing this!