lunes, 28 de marzo de 2016

Design & The City (Amsterdam, 19-22 April 2016)

Design & The City is a conference held from April 19 until 22 in Amsterdam. As part of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool van Amsterdam) during the Dutch EU chairmanship, Design & The City challenges the international community to shape the city of the future, by participating in Lab of Labs, workshops and an intriguing conference day with renown speakers.

Design & The City explores citizen-centered design approaches for the smart city. Central theme is the role of design(ers) to create opportunities and practices for citizens, (social) entrepreneurs and policy makers towards more liveable, sustainable and sociable urban futures. How can citizens meaningfully be engaged in the process of city making? What new social processes and business models do we need for the future of city making? And in what way changes the role of the professional in the process of city making, and which new design methodologies, approaches and roles they have taken on towards the creation of a sociable smart city.

Lab of Labs – Tuesday April 19th and Wednesday April 20th
Explore methodologies for design research in our two-days Lab of Labs programme! Five leading labs from throughout the world will share their design approaches and methodologies with the participants and work with them towards the design of a conceptual prototype. Taking place on April 19 and 20, around 50 professionals, designers and students will be able to join in for this event.

Conference Design & The City – Thursday April 21st 
With the addition of Dan Hill as the closing speaker, the programme for the main conference on April 21st is complete. Leading international experts will discuss the implications of the rise of social media, big data and other new media technologies for the practice of urban design during the Design & The City conference. How can citizens meaningfully be engaged in the process of citymaking? What new modes of social organization and business models do we need for the future of citymaking? And what is the role of professional designers in the era of smart citizens?

Workshops – Friday April 22nd
On Friday April 22nd, a broad variety of design offices, research groups and cultural organizations will host fourteen workshops related to the themes of Design & The City. Themes range from finding a solution for the bicycle parking in Amsterdam and the design of more walkable cities to participatory sensing and critical investigations of the concept of the smart city.

Parallel events
Besides the Lab of Labs, workshops and conference, there is a full calendar of interesting events happing around Design & The City in Amsterdam.


I can not make it to attend, but if you have the chance to pass by, it  seems it will be fun. Lucky you!

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