Using F-formations to analyse spatial patterns of interaction in physical environments

Paul Marshall*, Yvonne Rogers, Nadia Pantidi

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Abstract

There are few conceptual tools available to analyse physical spaces in terms of their support for social interactions and their potential for technological augmentation. In this paper, we describe how we used Adam Kendon's characterisation of the F-formation system of spatial organisation as a conceptual lens to analyse the social interactions between visitors and staff in a tourist information centre. We describe how the physical structures in the space encouraged and discouraged particular kinds of interactions and discuss how F-formations might be used to think about augmenting physical spaces.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM 2011 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2011
Pages445-454
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2011
EventACM 2011 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2011 - Hangzhou, China
Duration: 19 Mar 201123 Mar 2011

Conference

ConferenceACM 2011 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2011
CountryChina
CityHangzhou
Period19/03/1123/03/11

Keywords

  • Embodied facilitation
  • F-formation
  • Spatial configuration

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    Marshall, P., Rogers, Y., & Pantidi, N. (2011). Using F-formations to analyse spatial patterns of interaction in physical environments. In Proceedings of the ACM 2011 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2011 (pp. 445-454) https://doi.org/10.1145/1958824.1958893