Januar 25, 2018
Conference website: http://cyberparks-project.eu/conference, conference venue: ZK/U in Berlin
CyberParks finals_programm broschure_web
The potential and benefits of information and communication technology (ICT) for the formation and re-conceptualization of public space can hardly be overstated. ICTs have fostered new ways of designing public space(s), such as in the mushrooming participatory co-creation formats, human-human as well as human-AI co-creation. ICTs have added new layers to public space, such as location-based informations of various registers. ICTs have enabled new ways of operating and maintaining public goods and services, such as transportation and lighting. ICTs have successfully aspired to transform and virtualize functions of public space, such as social interaction and political manifestations. ICTs have produced new forms of interaction in public spaces such as for example in the gamification approach. And ICTs have brought about new forms of funding/financing such as in the case of crowd-funding models for public spaces. Sharing economy approaches for autonomous electric vehicles in particular have been a hot topic and ‘the next big thing’ to revolutionize public space for quite a while now, and the first focus of the finals conference is on the state of affairs of e-mobility in Berlin. […]
Januar 25, 2018
I have contributed an essay to the new anthology on the role of digital media in the formation of public space(s), together with Carlos Smaniotto Costa, Kai Dolata, and Marluci Menezes. More infos on the book can be found on the website of the publisher: http://loja.ulusofona.pt/ (in Portugese).
Carlos Smaniotto Costa und Konstantinos Ioannidis, Eds., The Making of the Mediated Public Space (Lissabon: Edições Universitárias Lusófonas, 2017).
Mai 7, 2016
The introduction of mobile broadband on a mass scale is often regarded as a technological enhancement of public space: as a new layer added to existing physical spaces that allows for a smarter management of scarce spatial resources or even for the creation of new public spaces by way of the appropriation of otherwise anonymous urban spaces through personalization (and the subsequent sharing of these profiles). But is that really the case? Or is – on the contrary – the ’smart-i-fication‘ of public space the end of public space as we know it? […]
Oktober 19, 2015
Design sketches for for a cyberpark intervention in Görlitzer Park, Berlin. Image: sia
Overlay of virtual and material structures. Image: sia
The concept of ‚making the city smart‘ is propelled ceaslessly in the media, and sometimes even heralded as the ultimate salvation of virtually all urban problems. Under the framework of the CyberParks projekt (COST action TU1306) Catarina Patrício Leitao PhD is joining me at the faculty of architectural theory at TU-Berlin to conduct a short term scientific mission (STSM). During her stay she will research the implications Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have on the procuction und appropriation of urban public spaces, and particularly one emblematic concept: the smart city. Even though the concept has gotten quasi-omnipresent lately, it is charged with varied and often also conflicting connotations and it all to often remains unclear what it means in concreto. Catarina intends to lay first theoretical traces by way of accessing the penomenon by way of it’s visual rhetorics that manifest in the output of different actors involced in smart city discourses.
Her report on the visit can be found here: http://cyberparks-project.eu/stsm/visual-rhetoric-smart-cities-between-theoretical-approach-and-artistic-practice
Dezember 2, 2014
The seaside of Forum Barcelona with a hugh solar collector
Climbing park under a hughe solar panel at Forum Barcelona
Façade of the Telefonica Tower at Forum Barcelona
Tiles at Carrer Camp de la Bota
The Carrer Camp de la Bota at Forum Barcelona
Barcelona pavemant tiles
More Christmas decoration Barcelona style
Multilingual merry x-mas tree near Placa Catalunia
A microwave tower at a student resting area at UAB.
Barcelonians like Christmas decoration, it seems.
End of November the Cyberparks research group held it’s third meeting at the Department de Geografia at Universitat Autonoma in Barcelona. It was a fruitfull meeting, the organizers managed very well to combine a dense schedule with a tentative exploration of the city. The app with which we intend to research the influence of digital media on urban spaces has made big leaps forward, we were already able to use it for the exploration of two case study areas in Barcelona.
The conceptual reflection-group in which I work has further refined it’s research objectives and it’s collaboration with the other working groups. The analysis of the relation of digital media and material space through the conceptual trias space (urban parks) — society (network society) — technology (digital media) is still our center of attention, but the focus at the Barcelona meeting was more on the issue of how to install a sort of interface between the conceptual reflection the work in the other working groups. This is naturally a time consuming issue in a research group that diverse, but it’s also a sine qua non. So, with the working groups better geared together we are looking forward to the next meeting in Bristol, UK.
Juli 1, 2014
I am part of working group 3 ‚conceptual analysis‘ of the european research network Cyberparks
. The research project investigates the influence and the entanglement of the proliferation of information and communications technology (ICT) and public spaces, chaired by Carlos Smaniotto Costa
My working group, led by Michiel de Lange
, is concerned with the construction and provision of a fluid, common terminology within the project. Not as some prescriptive ‚guardians of language‘, but as curious philosophic therapists in the sense of the later Wittgenstein, we try to compile the central concepts that develop in the course of the project, aiming at a fluid, constructive understanding between the different participants and disciplins involved. Metaphorically speaking, we are translating between differnt parties in order to understand a third party, a party that has not yet formulated its scientific apparatus. […]