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28 September 18:00 - 19:45Oslo School of Architecture and Design

A set of talks about how digital technologies shape the planning and design of cities. With Dan Hill, designer, urbanist, writer and Head of Arup Digital Studio, and philosopher and urbanist Rikke Gram-Hansen, formerly of Copenhagen Solutions Lab. Organised by the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, DOGA and IxDA Oslo.

Digital technologies and their design are becoming integral to urban and civic life public services, as well as to commerce, media, culture, and education. The digitalisation of urban culture, industry, and the public sector brings with it both new problems and possibilities for digital design, architecture and planning.

These are challenges that span disciplines. The digital design sector increasingly works on projects that involve the ‘smart city’ and the digitalisation of urban services. At the same time, architects and urban planners meet the new possibilities and expectations as digital design are becoming a part of our cities.

Unfortunately there is currently little knowledge and practice going across these fields, but in a few instances we are, however, already seeing fruitful collaborations between architects and planners, and interaction- and service-designers.

Currently, most «smart city» initiatives are led by technology and policy. But what happens when these trends become citizen-facing products, interfaces and buildings?

How can we, through design, architecture and urbanism, best meet this digital urban shift? Which skills and competencies are required to make our digital urban societies inclusive, user-centred, and understandable?

With us we have Dan Hill, designer, urbanist, writer and Head of Arup Digital Studio; and philosopher and urbanist Rikke Gram-Hansen, most recently of Copenhagen Solutions Lab. The event will be hosted by Einar Sneve Martinussen, Associate Professor of Interaction Design at AHO.  Einar will, together with a group of Master students, present and frame current issues for designing for the digitalisation of cities and societies design in a Norwegian context.

Cover image from Timo Arnall's photo series 'People using phones'.

The event is organised by the research group Digital Urban Living at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, with support from IxDA Oslo and DOGA. These talks are connected to the breakfast event «The Nordic Digital City - Where UX meets urbanism» that takes place at at DOGA earlier the same day, from 08:30-10:30.

Here, Dan Hill and Rikke Gram-Hansen will be joined by a group of local practitioners and researcher to discuss particular challenges and possibilities for digital cities in a Nordic context.

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Dan Hill
Head of Arup Digital Studio

Dan is a renowned designer, urbanist and writer who for over 15 years have been a critical and reflective voice in the field of digital and urban design.

Today, Dan is an Associate Director at Arup, the global design and engineering firm. He is Head of Arup Digital Studio, a multidisciplinary user experience design team that helps clients and collaborators create great buildings, places, infrastructure and cities, making innovative ideas tangible, and grounding them in research and prototyping

Dan will present a set of examples, drawn from projects, describing how to use technology to humanise our approach to cities, spaces and places, and how strategic design can unlock new relationships between citizens and institutions, often within a Nordic context. His talk will include a set of design principles and cases for positively and progressively addressing the complexity of the age we live in.

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Rikke Gram-Hansen
‎Senior Project Manager - ‎Archiland

Rikke Gram-Hansen is based in Copenhagen and has a background in Philosophy and Urban Studies. She is a senior project manager at Archiland, where she advises on strategic urban development, and strives to employ her knowledge of data and internet of things in a sustainable and intelligent urban planning in Copenhagen and beyond. 

Rikke has a great interest in the impact and potential of digital technologies on city and citizens, and how to use it in strategic urban planning.  As a special advisor to the City of Copenhagen, Rikke has led the development of the public-private innovation partnership Street Lab, which put the smart city vision of the city in practice by actually implementing a smart city infrastructure around the City Hall.

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Einar Sneve Martinussen
Associate Professor, Interaction Design program manager, AHO

Einar is an interaction designer and researcher working with culture, technology and urban life, and chairs the interaction design program at the Institute of Design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), where he is an associate professor.

Einar did his doctorate on networked cities, social media and design, and is currently the project leader of the interdisciplinary research group «Digital Urban Living» at AHO. Einar is also part of the Oslo-based design studio Voy.

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