The Business Case for Media Architecture: Modelling Project Benefits to Justify Investment

Niels Wouters, Franz Wohlgezogen, Kim Halskov

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A growing portfolio of global media architecture projects and sustained research interest in the domain suggest that the discipline is here to stay. With practical knowledge becoming easily accessible to clients, architects and urban planners, we notice a shift from traditional advertising screens to integrated context-aware installations. The challenge now becomes to understand investment return of media architecture in order to ensure ongoing support by clients and funders. In this paper we study The Digital Bricks, a 208 megapixel media façade integrated within a university building. We describe the project vision, engagement strategy and design outcome, and analyse in detail the business case for the project. We share considerations to support development of business cases for media architecture projects that favour engagement, cultural and innovation capacity over financial returns. As the discipline matures, our insights will help in the endeavour to convince clients to invest in media architecture that inspires and engages audiences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th Media Architecture Biennale Conference, MAB 2020
Number of pages12
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc.
Publication dateJun 2021
ISBN (Electronic)9781450390484
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021
Event5th Media Architecture Biennale Conference, MAB 2020 - Virtual, Online, Netherlands
Duration: 28 Jun 20212 Jul 2021


Conference5th Media Architecture Biennale Conference, MAB 2020
CityVirtual, Online
SponsorAmsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht University


  • business case
  • engagement
  • Media architecture
  • media façade
  • project management


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