Theme & EssaysCloseOpen Design & The City was a four-day event that brought together international experts, researchers, designers, educators and policy makers to explore citizen-centered design approaches to the smart city. During our workshops, a round table conference and a session on living lab methodologies, the role of designers was addressed as initiators, innovators, campaigners, connectors, organisers, critics and imagineers of alternative urban futures. In addition, we discussed concrete design strategies that can contribute to more liveable, sustainable and sociable urban communities.
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Investing in a Flourishing 21st Century Urban Commons
by Joost Beunderman
Democratic dialogues that make smart cities ‘work’
by Liesbeth Huybrechts
How designers can reshape public controversies
by Christian Nold
Self Made City: Strategies for Future Urban Living
by Kristien Ring
The Transactionalization of Infrastructure as a Case for Accountability-Oriented Design
by Dietmar Offenhuber
Economic Resilience at Buiksloterham
by Matthijs Bouw
Tactical Urbanism: Planning for People
by Tony Garcia
2016 Lab of Labs
The Lab of Labs consisted of hands-on design charrettes that explored a variety of approaches for living labs and design research practices, led by high-profile international practitioners concretely demonstrating their own methodologies.
Leading international experts discussed 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.
We invited designers, students, scholars, public administrators, artists, activists and all smart citizens to join us in sharing insights, collaborate on research practices, experimenting with research methods, and cooperating towards new civic platforms.
Closing SpeakerDan Hill is an Associate Director at Arup, and Head of Arup Digital Studio, a multidisciplinary design team that helps develop transformative digital technology for cities, spaces, infrastructure, buildings and organisations.
Keynote SpeakerKristien Ring is an architect, curator, publicist and Assist. Professor at the University of South Florida for Architecture and Community Design, and principal of AA PROJECTS I Interdisciplinary Studio.
Keynote SpeakerDietmar Offenhuber is Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in the departments of Art + Design and Public Policy, where he heads the Information Design and Visualization graduate program.
Keynote SpeakerLiesbeth Huybrechts (1979, Leuven, Belgium) is Postdoctoral researcher in the area of participatory design and spatial transformation processes in the research group Arck, University of Hasselt.
Keynote SpeakerJoost Beunderman is a Director of the London-based design and strategy practice 00, where he joined in late 2008 to lead on a wide range of research and strategy projects.
Keynote SpeakerTony Garcia is a Principal of Street Plans Collaborative, and leads the firm’s Miami office. Anthony is a nationally recognized architect, writer, speaker and advocate in the in the field of transit, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.
Keynote SpeakerChristian Nold is an artist, designer and academic who builds participatory technologies for collective representation. In the last decade he has been creating large-scale public projects such as the widely acclaimed 'Bio Mapping' and 'Emotion Mapping' projects.
ModeratorTracy Metz, a native of California, is a journalist and author based in the Netherlands. She is the director of the John Adams Institute, an independent foundation that brings the best and brightest American thinkers and writers to the Netherlands.
Conference SpeakerGeleyn Meijer is the Dean of the Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Conference SpeakerProf. Dr. Ben Schouten is Full Professor Playful Interactions in Smart Environments at Eindhoven University of Technology and Lector of Play & Civic Media Research at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Conference SpeakerMatthijs Bouw is a Dutch architect and founder of One Architecture (est 1995), an award-winning Amsterdam and New York-based design and planning firm.
Conference SpeakerSaskia Beer is an Amsterdam-based urban transformation entrepreneur and founder of ZO!City (formerly known as Glamourmanifest) and TransformCity®.
Willem van Winden
Conference SpeakerDr. Willem van Winden (PhD) is an urban economist specialized in urban innovation and policy. He is professor of Urban Knowledge Economy & Strategy at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Conference SpeakerDorien Zandbergen is an anthropologist researcher at the department of sociology at the University of Amsterdam.
Conference SpeakerDr. Frank Suurenbroek (1974) is Professor Urban Transformation at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Conference SpeakerThijs Turèl is program manager of the Democracy by Design program at Alliander. He is working both on smart grid innovations and the societal implications of the energy transition.
The location of Design & The City was the Knowledge Mile: an area in the heart of Amsterdam which runs from the Amstelplein to the Nieuwmarkt. A coalition of universities of applied sciences, citizens, municipality, organisations and companies has formed an applied research ecosystem to develop, test and display smart solutions for metropolitan challenges in the area.