The InstaBooth: Situated Community Engagement

The InstaBooth

The InstaBooth is a telephone booth-inspired portable structure that captures citizens’ past stories and present opinions, particularly opinions regarding the use and design of public spaces. The aim of the InstaBooth project is to employ design approaches to engage local communities in a situated debate on the future of their urban environment. The Instabooth uses tangible and hybrid interaction such as multi-touch screens and media façades to facilitate face-to-face and digitally mediated discussions.

Funding / Grants

  • QUT Engagement Innovation Grant (2014 - 2015)


Other Partners

  • Nicole Gavin, Cancer Care Services, Metro North Hospital and Health Service, QLD
  • Pomona, Noosa Shire Council
  • Aging Revolution
  • Associate Prof Martin Tomitsch & Joel Fredericks (PhD Candidate), University of Sydney, Design Lab
  • Prof David Gillette, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, USA
  • Dr Gabriela Avram, Lecturer in Digital Media and Interaction Design, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • QLD Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability – Office of Women
  • QLD Department of Public Works
  • Logan City Council
  • Kelvin Grove Urban Village Principal Body Corporate
  • Aveo
  • Heart of Pomona

Local InstaBooth instances have also been successfully exported, built and deployed by our colleagues at: University of Sydney California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, USA University of Limerick, Ireland, with further interest from: Lima, Peru; Tsinghua Uni, Beijing, China; Plymouth, UK.