Mediated Spaces and Human Experience awarded BETHA Grant

March 30, 2015
Sullivant Hall Lobby

Congratulations to Professor Maria Palazzi, Professor Mary Anne Beecher and Matthew Lewis, ACCAD, who have been awarded a $54,000 BETHA grant from the Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs Endowment committee for the 2015-2017 grant period.  The awarded proposal, entitled “Mediated Spaces and Human Experience: Using Locative Technology to Enhance Presence and Space” will expand an on-going multidisciplinary collaborative effort to research, document and share the many histories of The Ohio State University’s recently renovated Sullivant Hall. This place-based project celebrates the reinvigorated life of Sullivant Hall and its history by embedding the building’s interior environment with beacon technology that will enable access to a database of narratives about the building using smart devices.  The researchers’ goals include providing alternative means of navigating the building that offer virtual experiences of place that put occupants with smart devices in touch with the building’s history in a dynamic way. The additional new funding will support a graduate research assistant and additional technical support for the project.