A breakfast seminar about how digital technologies have begun to shape the planning and design of cities, and how the Nordic approach differs from the vision offered by Silicon Valley. Organised by the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, DOGA and IxDA Oslo.
Digital technologies and their design are becoming integral to urban and civic life public services, as well as to commerce, media, culture, and education. The digitalisation of urban culture, industry, and the public sector brings with it both new problems and possibilities for digital design, architecture and planning.
Currently, most «smart city» initiatives are led by technology and policy. But what happens when these trends become citizen-facing products, interfaces and buildings?
How can we, through design and urbanism, best meet this digital urban shift? Which skills and competencies are required to make our digital urban societies inclusive, user-centred, and understandable?
The breakfast seminar consists of a series of short talks by international experts and local practitioners, and a roundtable discussion moderated by Einar Sneve Martinussen, Associate Professor of Interaction Design at AHO.
With us we have Dan Hill, designer, urbanist, writer and Head of Arup Digital Studio; and philosopher and urbanist Rikke Gram-Hansen, most recently of Copenhagen Solutions Lab; Johan Høgåsen-Hallesby, CTO of Urban Infrastructure Partner (UIP) which powers the city bike system in Oslo and Bergen, and Fredrik Matheson, Experience Lead at Bekk Consulting and director of IxDA Oslo.
Cover image from Timo Arnall's photo series 'People using phones'.