Claudio Pedica: More People Than Nature: Monitoring the Experience of Crowding at Þingvellir National Park
Claudio Pedica er sjálfstætt starfandi hönnuður og verkfræðingur. Hann segir frá samstarfsverkefni sínu með Háskólanum í Reykjavík og Þjóðgarðinum á Þingvöllum, varðandi eftirlit með gestafjölda.
Nánar hér fyrir neðan. Allir velkomnir - fyrirlesturinn verður í stofu 302 heima að Hólum og verður fluttur á ensku.
Claudio Pedica: More People Than Nature: Monitoring the Experience of Crowding at Þingvellir National Park.
Claudio Pedica is an independent designer and engineer. In collaboration with Reykjavík University and Thingvellir National Park, Claudio has designed a new portable device that can record the perception of crowding both in space and time.
People come to Iceland to visit the land, in greater numbers than ever before. The infrastructure of national parks and natural areas needs to be extended to accommodate this larger wave of visitors. In doing so, are we preserving or disrupting the authenticity of the area? The most authentic experience of nature is one of solitude, where someone can have an intimate encounter with nature itself. On the other hand, we all have gone to a national park where we felt surrounded by “more people than nature.” The perception of crowding diminishes the authenticity and quality of the experience. Monitoring this phenomenon is a crucial step towards successfully preserving the area and plan for new infrastructure. Many studies attempt to measure the experience of crowding by using questionnaires. However, they capture the phenomenon only at posteriori rather than during the tour, when the experience is actually happening. By using insights from the field of user experience research, we overcame the limitation of questionnaires by designing a new portable device that can record the perception of crowding both in space and time. The data is then collected, anonymously and in compliance to GDPR, for further analysis of the phenomenon. Preliminary results from Thingvellir National Park indicate that the method is capable of capturing essential tourist data that has never been captured before, making us more capable of responding to the influx of visitors in the spirit of preserving the authentic character of a location.
The presentation will be in English, in room 302 in HU main building at Hólar, open to everyone.
23.10.2019 - 13:00