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Selin Zileli

PhD Work

PhD work

Constructing Adaptive Street Ecologies : Designing Interaction-Based Frameworks

This research proposes the design of an adaptive system for the street environment through the pedestrians behaviours. By designing interventions for the street environment, the research aims to demonstrate how to create an adaptive street ecology. Adaptive street ecology is described as an environment which shapes itself through the understanding of its agents, the pedestrians.



  • PhD


    Intelligent Mobility Design Centre


    Intelligent Mobility Design Centre PhD, 2018–

  • Selin Zileli is a design researcher and PhD candidate at the Intelligent Mobility Design Centre group in the RCA funded by Hyundai-Kia. Her work examines the circular interactions between space, human and non-human agents.

    As a designer, Selin is passionate about integrating the concepts of emergence, adaptation and cybernetics. She seeks to answer the question of how can we design responsive spaces that engage with its users by generating interactions in a process of mutual adaptation?

    Selin's work has been presented at the Saatchi Gallery, London Design Festival 2019 and presented at the MIT Design Lab, DesForM 2019 Beyond Intelligence Conference.

  • Degrees

  • BA Design, Universitat de Barcelona, 2014 (Exchange Student); BA Industrial Design, Izmir University of Economics, 2016; MRes Design, Royal College of Art, 2018
  • Experience

  • Product Design Intern, Sirena Marine, Turkey, 2014; Product Designer, Mitte Design, Izmir, Turkey, 2015-2016; Design Biennial Assistant, IKSV, Istanbul, 2016; Industrial Designer, Ges Technology, Istanbul, 2017; Research Assistant, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Art, London, 2019-2020; Researcher & Designer, Intelligent Mobility Design Centre, London, 2018, 2020
  • Exhibitions

  • Emotional Technology, London Design Festival, 2018; Future of Flight, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2019
  • Conferences

  • Towards Transparency Between the Autonomous Vehicle and the Pedestrian ,Beyond Intelligence Conference Design and Semantics of Form and Movement, XI Edition, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT Design Lab, 2019
  • Publications

  • Wu, J., Johnson, S., Hesseldahl, K., Quinlan, D., Zileli, S., & Harrow, P. D. (2018, September). Defining Ritualistic Driver and Passenger Behaviour to Inform In-Vehicle Experiences. In Adjunct Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Automotiv; Zileli, S., Boyd Davis, S., & Wu, J. (2019). Towards transparency between the autonomous vehicle and the pedestrian. Design and Semantics of Form and Movement, DesForm 2019: Beyond Intelligence, 96-104.