CyberParks finals: Co-creation, big data, and the future of digitally enhanced public spaces

Conference website: http://cyberparks-project.eu/conference, conference venue: ZK/U in Berlin CyberParks finals_programm broschure_web Conference forword   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…

vor 2 Jahren

Building a theory on co-creating a Cyberpark: lessons learnt from the COST Action CyberParks and the Flussbad Project, Berlin

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).

vor 2 Jahren

Hacking Urban Furniture // Auftakt-Konferenz im ZK/U

07.04. – 08.04.2017 ZK/U Berlin Moabit   Bei der Konferenz gibt es einen workshop von mir, hier die offizielle Ankündigung für die ganze Veranstaltung: Bushaltestellen, City-Toiletten, Bänke, Mülleimer, Infoboards… Stadtmöblierung in Kombination mit Außenwerbung bestimmt seit ca. 30 Jahren die Grammatik unserer Städte. Das Projekt “Hacking Urban Furniture” will dieses den öffentlichen Raum unserer Städte bestimmende Geschäftsfeld untersuchen: Wie können so prominente öffentliche Objekte in Zeiten von Private Public Partnerships (PPP), bürgerlichen Begehren nach mehr Teilhabe, neuen Produktionstechniken und ökonomischen Optimierungsfantasien anders gestaltet, produziert, gepflegt und ökonomisch nachhaltig betrieben werden? Wie können Beteiligungsprozesse aussehen, die prototypisch für den Umgang mit öffentlichen Raum sind?

vor 2 Jahren

Corporate urban furniture, space, and money. A sketch for an artistic research project

In lieu with the Hacking Urban Furniture Project, I will hold a workshop at the upcoming symposion XXX 7./8. of April at ZK/U. Introduction The basic idea of the project is a Marx-inspired exploration of the economic logic of corporate urban furniture with a focus on exploring it’s spatial patterns. It’s not about a rigid application of the Marxian technical apparatus, but, as a start, about embracing his critical perspective on economic patterns. The first step in Marx‘ critique of political economy was a sorrow historical analysis of how economic surplus is generated: in order to be able to critique economic inequality one has first to understand the regime of…

vor 2 Jahren

Corporate urban furniture, space, and money

Artistic research for the project Hacking Urban Furniture at ZK/U, Berlin-Moabit The basic idea is a Marx-inspired socio-economic analysis of spatial patterns of corporate urban furniture; albeit in a more empirico-practical or artistic research way. The idea is to try to break down the financial figures of corporate urban furniture to the single instances of the street furniture typology in Berlin. This could be pursued either through a systematic top-down theoretical approach or by something like a ‚financial biography‘ of single urban furniture pieces in a bottom-up fashion. The aim of the research is to think about a way – theoretically and artistically – to attach appropriate ‚price-tags‘ on the…

vor 3 Jahren

Visual rhetorics of the smart city

  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…

vor 4 Jahren