Open Call for Contributions: Design projects at the intersection of digital media and public spaces

Open Call for Contributions:
Design projects at the intersection of digital media and public spaces

To open up and connect the conference to the wider Berliner public, this part of the conference is dedicated to the presentation of art, design, research projects and ideas dealing with the intertwining of ICT on the production of public spaces, their use and appropriation.
We are looking for sustainable and inspiring projects – both already implemented/realised and planed ones, and from ideas through theoretical to fictional ones – that address the role and impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the production of public space(s).

Submission deadline of proposals 1st March 2018.

Fostering knowledge about the relationship between Information and Communication Technologies and Public Spaces supported by strategies to improve their use and attractiveness

CyberParks’ main objective is to create a research platform on the relationship between Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and the production of public open spaces, and their relevance to sustainable urban development. The impacts of this relationship will be explored from social, ecological and urban design perspectives.

ICT is a driving force, media and tool, which operates as a mediator between users and their virtual and real worlds. Public spaces have multiple functions, including social gathering places where outdoor interactions between people can occur and communication and information exchange can take place. ICTs cause and enable innovative outdoor social practices, which challenge spatial and social experts to use them in policies, methodologies, design and research to produce responsive and inclusive urban places.

CyberParks deals with opportunities and risks ICTs offer to the user, via the appreciation, design and usage of public spaces. It exploits the benefits of interweaving a green experience with digital engagement via sharing knowledge, experiences and ideas, and analysing public spaces.

Objectives:

  • Coordinate and enhance research efforts in how to deal with opportunities and/or risks of ICT usage in public spaces, and the meaning for design practice
  • Enhance and test research methodologies into a new context, considering the social function of public spaces
  • Establish links and promote collaboration among experts and expertise areas, e.g. ICT, creative industry, design practice, health consultancy.
  • Form self-sustained empirical knowledge on use of ICT by place users, and via experimental research gaining empirical knowledge and synthesising the impacts of ICT on public spaces into a set of guidelines for city planners, urban developers, urban policies, regulatory and decision-making bodies.
  • Synchronise academic and industrial research that may result from the intersection of ICT and public space and their relevant users, (and therefore promote existing and establish new links with industrial partners in new commercial applications).

Support and Partners

Universidade Lusófona
ECATI
FCT
FNAC

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