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The Digital City – Designing for citizens and society


28 September, 2017, 18.00 – 19.45

Join us for talks by international experts on how digital technologies are shaping how cities and societies are planned and designed for – and what this means for designers, architects and urbanists.

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.

These are challenges that span disciplines. The digital design sector increasingly works on projects that involve the ‘smart city’ and the digitalisation of urban services. At the same time, architects and urban planners meet the new possibilities and expectations as digital design are becoming a part of our cities.

Unfortunately there is currently little knowledge and practice going across these fields, but in a few instances we are, however, already seeing fruitful collaborations between architects and planners, and interaction- and service-designers.

How can we, through design, architecture and urbanism, best meet the digital urban shift? Which skills and competencies, from across our disciplines, are required to make our digital urban societies inclusive, user-centred, and understandable?

Dan Hill: Designer, urbanist, writer and Head of Arup Digital Studio
Rikke Gram-Hansen: Urbanist and philosopher, most recently of Copenhagen Solutions Lab