Studie: ‘Ownership in the Hybride Stad’

The “Smart City” paradigm in urban design promises a future in which our cities will be more efficient and sustainable through the use of digital media technologies. That’s great, but are cities really all about calculation and efficiency? How do we design urban technologies that engage and empower ‘publics’ (groups of people) to act on communally shared issues? That is the main theme of a new study launched by The Mobile City and Virtueel Platform.

The study was launched today  at Picnic, in a session hosted by Tracy Metz that also included  a presentation by Verbeterdebuurt.nl. The study is now available for download:

In this study we present “ownership” as an alternative design approach. How can we employ new technologies to keep our ever more complex cities livable and lively for humans? How can we design cities where citizens feel they belong, and feel the city belongs to them as well… where they have the power to act on communally shared issues? In short: how can digital media aid in strengthening a sense of “ownership” among urbanites?

In this study we present “ownership” as an alternative design approach. How can we employ new technologies to keep our ever more complex cities livable and lively for humans? How can we design cities where citizens feel they belong, and feel the city belongs to them as well… where they have the power to act on communally shared issues? In short: how can digital media aid in strengthening a sense of “ownership” among urbanites?

You can download Ownership in the Hybrid City the report here. Een Nederlandse versie is hier beschikbaar

The workshop & conference Social Cities of Tomorrow that The Mobile City organized together with Virtueel Platform and Arcam also addressed these issues. See the conference site for more information.

 

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This entry was posted on Friday, September 16th, 2011 and is filed under Nieuwe Media & Stedelijke Cultuur, Nieuws, Publicaties.