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Meng Ning

Meng is an industrial designer with an engineering background. She has a strong interest in the manufacturing process and mechanical structures. While she is fascinated by handcrafting things. During her master study at Pratt Institute, she started her journey about sociology and public space.

Concept image of jogger passing by a CityBench with LET/D.
Illustration of interaction.

How can we promote social interaction between strangers in public space?

Urbanist, sociologist William Whyte defined a situation - when strangers start to talk to each other because of some external stimulus - as the theory of triangulation. The project aims to create a visual stimulation in public space, provide strangers a chance to start interaction.
Through the lighting experience, two emotions are conveyed to the user.
Make the light following one's walking, is an emphasis of their existence. For multiple people, increase the light intensity as more people join. Give people a feeling that they are contribute to the same thing. As if they are together, making the place brighter, warmer, and better.

Prototype attached under a bench in Washionton Square Park for testing.

The working prototype uses Arduino UNO3, PIR motion sensor, WS2815 light strip, and 12v 36w battery. The light strip is the length of the bench, the corresponding section of light will turn on if people are detected.

Concept image of applying LET/D along the street.

Applying LET/D to other scenario, it can create a safer environment for people who jogging or cycling. Provide compay for people who return home late.

LET/D
Interactions
Communities
Meng Ning

Meng is an industrial designer with an engineering background. She has a strong interest in the manufacturing process and mechanical structures. While she is fascinated by handcrafting things. During her master study at Pratt Institute, she started her journey about sociology and public space.

Illustration of interaction.

How can we promote social interaction between strangers in public space?

Urbanist, sociologist William Whyte defined a situation - when strangers start to talk to each other because of some external stimulus - as the theory of triangulation. The project aims to create a visual stimulation in public space, provide strangers a chance to start interaction.
Through the lighting experience, two emotions are conveyed to the user.
Make the light following one's walking, is an emphasis of their existence. For multiple people, increase the light intensity as more people join. Give people a feeling that they are contribute to the same thing. As if they are together, making the place brighter, warmer, and better.