Jessica Escobedo

PLANNAR: Co-Visioning with AR

In this 30 minute talk, I talk about an ongoing participatory AR project, PLANNAR, which uses mobile AR as a co-visioning approach to empower residents in various gentrifying neighborhoods in Los Angeles (Chinatown, Glendale). Through the various iterations of engagement methods (outdoor AR app, indoor tablet, art pop-up) I address my learnings for the different design approaches based on target users(i.e. low income Chinese adults vs. digitally savvy Chinese-American high schoolers), stakeholder partnerships, and geographical context. I conclude the talk by outlining further research opportunities and engagement approaches that are more inclusive and actionable for local governments.


Jessica Escobedo is an interdisciplinary designer and researcher based in Los Angeles interested in designing participatory experiences and services at the intersection of AR and urban planning.