The UrbanIxD Symposium
On 25th September 2014, the UrbanIxD project presented a one-day symposium to encourage debate and discussion around the themes of the UrbanIxD project. This event took place at the Telecom Italia Future Centre, Venice, Italy.
The symposium encouraged debate around the key research challenges for the future of the new domain of Urban Interaction Design, seeking to place people at the centre of design for interactive products and services in the urban environment. Interaction Design, in an urban context, (UrbanIxD) is an increasingly important, interdisciplinary field of research. Cities are fast becoming a hybrid of the physical environment and the digital world. How we, as physical beings, will connect with, interpret and adapt this increasing dataflow residing in our cities is already becoming a significant research question.
The symposium started with a keynote talk titled “It’s time to do smart cities properly” by designer and urbanist, Dan Hill, executive Director of Futures and Best Practice for the Future Cities Catapult in the UK.
Eight papers covering academic and design practice topics were presented during the day, and posters were displayed during the breaks. The formal proceedings concluded with a panel discussion chaired by Martin Brynskov. The panelists were: Dave Carter, Centre for Urban Policy Studies, University of Manchester, UK; Paul Dourish, University of California, Irvine, USA; Martijn de Waal, The Mobile City, the Netherlands; Lea Rekow, Green My Favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Tobias Revell, ARUP, Superflux, The Royal College of Art, UK. At the end of the day participants enjoyed a reception and exhibition viewing, sponsored by the Media Architecture Biennale 2014.
The symposium papers and presentations can be accessed at: www.urbanixd.eu/urbanixd-symposium.