Apple Design Project Brief 1996: A universal characteristic of humanity is the predilection for forming communities. Much of what makes life rich - story telling, song, art, gossip, friendship, games - is intimately entwined with community. In this age of rapid transit and mass communication we find other sorts of communities, which might be called communities of interest. In these communities - we may or may not be centred around a particular place - people come together because of shared interests, values, or goals, rather than because they are concerned about enhancing their day to day survival. In the 1996 Apple Design Project we invite you to reflect on the possibilities and problems of community, and the ways in which computational and communication technologies might support community. There are two avenues to explore. One direction is to focus on the question of how a placed-based community might be supported with computational technology - how might technology be integrated in to a place so as to better support the formation, maintenance, and functioning of the community within it? The other direction is to focus on the concept of virtual community, the idea that a network of interest can grow.

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