Generating and disseminating intermediate-level knowledge on multiple levels of abstraction: An exploratory case in media architecture

Boudewijn Boon, Maximiliane Nirschl, Giulia Gualtieri, Frank Suurenbroek, Martijn de Waal

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The concept of intermediate-level knowledge is increasingly used in interaction design research and media architecture. Recently it has been proposed that intermediate-level knowledge is better actionable to designers when it is conveyed on multiple levels of abstraction. This paper shares an approach-in-the-making to generate and disseminate knowledge in line with this proposition. We describe an ongoing exploratory case in which the aim is to generate actionable insights with regards to promoting neighborhood resilience through media architecture. In our approach we explicate knowledge on three levels of abstraction: design examples (most concrete), a framework (most abstract) and design strategies (in between design examples and framework). We discuss how the roles of these levels of abstraction are distinct when either generating or disseminating knowledge. We conclude our paper by looking ahead. As our research team will start to engage with partners in social design, architecture and urban planning, we will explore how our multi-level approach to intermediate-level knowledge is fruitful in generating actionable insights for a more interdisciplinary audience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedia Architecture Biennale 20
EditorsMartijn de Waal, Frank Suurenbroek, Michiel de Lange, Nanna Verhoeff, Dave Colangelo, Ava Fatah gen. Schieck, Glenda Caldwell, Joel Fredericks, Luke Hespanhol, Marius Hoggenmüller, Gernot Tscherteu, Juan Carlos Carvajal Bermúdez, Katharine Willis, Alessandro Aurigi, Andrew Vande Moere, Martin Tomitsch, Alexander Wiethoff, Callum Parker, Hank Haeusler, Olina Terzi, Waldemar Jenek, Geertje Slingerland, Glenn Harding, Emma Shearman
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherThe Association for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450390484
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021
Event5th Media Architecture Biennale Conference 20 - Amsterdam and Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: 28 Jun 20212 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameACM international conference proceeding series


Conference5th Media Architecture Biennale Conference 20
Abbreviated titleMAB20
CityAmsterdam and Utrecht


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