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'.