1st Edition

Augmented and Mixed Reality for Communities

Edited By

Joshua A. Fisher

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after May 15, 2021
ISBN 9780367512101
May 15, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
275 Pages 8 Color & 30 B/W Illustrations

USD $125.00

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Book Description

Using augmented and mixed reality is an emerging media practice that is reshaping how we interact with our neighbors and communities. In 2016, apps for augmented reality politics began to appear in app stores. Similarly, the blockbuster success of Pokémon Go illustrated how even inconsequential street corners could become magical spaces for play. In 2019, a court case in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, extended first amendment rights to augmented reality. From the politics of city hall to crosswalks and playgrounds, this book offers a diverse range of new opportunities to use augmented and mixed reality to interact within our communities. For all the good that these emerging media provide, there will and have been consequences. This book will help students and practitioners navigate the ethical design and development of these kinds of experiences to transform their cities.

Contributors of this volume represent some of the leading scholars and practitioners working in the augmented and mixed reality space for civic media, cultural heritage, civic games, ethical design, and social justice. Readers will find practical insights for the design and development to create their own compelling experiences. Teachers will find that the text provides in-depth, critical analyses for thought-provoking classroom discussions. As one of the first books of its kind, each chapter in the book prepares readers to contribute to the augmented city. By providing insight into how these emerging media work, the book seeks to democratize the augmented and mixed reality space.

Table of Contents


Against the Instrumentalization of Empathy: Immersive Technologies and Social Change

Rebecca Rouse

The Body and the Eye—the I and the Other: Critical Reflections on the Promise of Extended Empathy in Extended Reality Configurations

Anna Wiehl

The Civic Media Machine: Moving from a VR Use of Empathy Toward A Sustainable and Participatory Immersive Experience with and for the Community

Yonty Friesem

The Philosopher’s Stone as a Design Framework for Defending Truth and Empowering Communities

Bill Guschwan


Designing Lived Space: Community Engagement Practices in Rooted AR

Kelsey Cameron, and Jessica Fitz Patrick

The Ethics of Augmentation: A Case Study in Contemplative Mixed Reality

Kevin Healey

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Pokémon: The Tension Between Free Speech and Municipal Tran quality

Brian D. Wassom

Reconceptualizing Video Games for Community Spaces

David Antognoli


Reflecting in Space on Time: Augmented Reality Interactive Digital Narratives to Explore Complex Histories

Hartmut Koenitz

Augmented Reality, Aura, and the Design of Cultural Spaces

Hank Blumenthal, Joshua A. Fisher

Building a Virtuous Cycle of Activism Using Art & Augmented Reality: A Community of Practice-Based Project

Janíce Tisha Samuels, and Kelvin Ramirez


XR Content Authoring Challenges: The Creator-Developer Divide

John T. Murray, and Emily K. Johnson

Motivation Enhancement Methods for Community Building in Extended Reality

Dr. Stylianos Mystakidis

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Joshua A. Fisher, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Immersive Media at Columbia College Chicago. He teaches the design and development of augmented, mixed, and virtual reality (XR) experiences. Fisher received his doctorate in digital media from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Fisher's dissertation explored the rhetorical affordances of XR for interactive non-fiction within communities. His research continues to explore the social, ethical, and political consequences of how practitioners design, develop, and deploy XR experiences. Fisher has published in the proceedings of CHI, ICIDS, IEEE VR, ACM MM, and CHI Play. Currently, he is developing an undergraduate and graduate curriculum for immersive media at the college.

As both a scholar and practitioner, Fisher has worked with the Arthur M. Blank Foundation and the Knight Foundation on immersive media experiences. His work has also led to productive partnerships with cultural institutions such as Poetry East, the O’Miami Poetry Festival, and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. In the past, Fisher’s interactive media experiences have won recognition from The Guardian, Fast Company, and O, the Oprah Magazine.