Empathy hat: Wearing your heart on your head

Since October I’ve been preoccupied with thinking about empathy, how to facilitate it between people and how to express it especially in digital environments. The idea for an ‘empathy hat’ was born after a discussion with a colleague in Project CEDE (Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy) about how comfortable people would be to show how…

Emotion and sound levels during a walk across London

Sound and the city: Analysing emotions and sound in London

For a long time scientists and artists have been interested in the lived urban experience and how the urban environment exerts influence on the emotions, behaviours and wellbeing of people. The methods of investigation have ranged from poetry and visual arts to psychological experiments and epidemiological studies, all of which have aimed to understand how…

Watercolor cityscape by artist Elena Romanova

Sensory overload in the city

Recently I have been pondering about whether being constantly bombarded with advertising and other ‘signals’ in urban environment has an effect on our sense of wellbeing. As cities and city populations grow, density and the volume of sensory signals in cities grow as well. Individual’s personal space decreases in public spaces and our senses are…