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. How can citizens meaningfully be engaged in the process of city-making? What new modes of social organization and business models do we need for the future of city-making? And what is the role of professional designers in the era of smart citizens? The conference location was the Hermitage Amsterdam in Amsterdam. Watch the presentations.
Over the past few years, new models for citymaking have emerged. For example, we see 'tactical’ interventions that gradually test and develop ideas for urban improvement, buildings groups that have pulled resources together to develop parts of the city collaboratively, and ‘hackable cities’ in which various stakeholders work together towards the realization of collective goals. What do these developments mean for the ways we shape our cities?
The rise of the smart city has led to an enormous increase in the amount of data on urban life. But who collects these data and to what ends? And to what extent are citizens aware of this and can they understand how these data are used? In turn, can citizens also gather their own data or use existing datasets to better understand their surroundings and hold those in charge accountable?
1 – Hermitage Amsterdam
Entrance: Nieuwe Keizersgracht 1