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Augmented Assembly

Augmented Assembly


Designing safe social-distancing spaces through the use of AR
  • Location

    London, UK
  • Year

  • Status

  • Theme

    Keeping a distance
  • Sub-theme

    Indicating proper distance

Case Description

The social distancing rules during the Covid-19 pandemic sparked new and creative ideas to indicate social distance in public spaces. The majority of these ideas and interventions delineated shapes on the ground using semi-permanent solutions, such as paint, tape or stickers. The Augmented Assembly project proposes a less permanent solution in the form of an app that projects an ever-transforming organic grid on the ground. Users would be able to download the app and follow the projection and instructions to find their safe spot. The designers based the organic grid on the Voronoi diagram to fill the space efficiently and easily adapt the pattern to any public space setting, allowing a range of uses for various events.

Relation to Resilience

The Covid-19 pandemic challenged the way people encounter one another and establish connections. The Augmented Assembly project proposes an organic and playful way to enable social gatherings in times of pandemics. Thereby, it helps residents stay in touch and connect to their community.


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