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No More Circling Around the Block: Evolving a Rapid Ethnography and Podcasting Method to Guide Innovation in Parking Systems
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Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) 2011

18 September 2011 - 21 September 2011
Boulder, Colorado

 

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No More Circling Around the Block: Evolving a Rapid Ethnography and Podcasting Method to Guide Innovation in Parking Systems
September 20, 2:30-4:45pm

After many years with little innovation in parking technology, many cities are now exploring new systems meant to improve the use of limited parking real estate, reduce congestion, increase parking convenience, and raise additional revenue. We did an observational study to inform the design of one such novel parking system, and in doing so developed an ethnographic method we call REACT (Rapid Ethnographic Assessment and Communication Technique). REACT uses observational methods to uncover key findings relatively quickly and increases the impact of those findings by communicating them through an engaging video podcast. In this paper, we describe the REACT method and show how we used it to discover several key findings regarding parking practices that changed our team’s thinking about the intended customer, highlighted some critical design issues, and revealed unanticipated opportunities for new technology solutions. The video podcasts were extremely well received and ultimately affected the thinking of many more people beyond the original intended audience.

James and Ellen will also be participating in the Artifacts Session on September 20, 5:00-6:45 pm, showing a short film (i.e., ethnographic podcast) example deliverable of the REACT ethnographic method.

Visit PARC's booth to learn more about our ethnographic research, results, and opportunities.

 

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