City leaders workshop

Thursday 2 June 2016

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Digital Placemaking: Senseless Cutesfication of Urban Space or Remedy to Environmental and Social Urban Challenges?

The proposed workshop will bring together local and international experts and Australian city leaders to discuss the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for placemaking.
Experts will present examples from research and practice of traditional as well as digital placemaking in the form of methods, techniques and systems. City leaders will be invited to present challenges that they are facing within their urban precincts. This can include the use of city infrastructures, such as public transports and waste management, social engagement programs, civic participation, etc. The workshop moderator will then lead a panel discussion between experts and city leaders, to evaluate which of the previously tested methods, techniques and systems could be implemented or adapted to address some of the real challenges faced in urban environments. With the permission of all participants, the discussions will be transcribed and analysed for publication in a relevant research forum. The workshop will be hosted during the international Media Architecture Biennale in Sydney in June 2016 to ensure that it will reach a large audience and visibility locally and globally. The aims and objectives of the proposed workshop are aligned with the activities of the ‘Cities Network’ SEI research node.