Designing for Smart Citizens

‘Smart Cities’ may no longer be a new concept, but we still need to look at it with fresh eyes. This conference will focus on the smart city in relation to the social aspect of a city and its citizens. How can technology help to create meeting places, play and urban life? Come and hear about projects that can help show alternative, innovative ways of using technology in the context of future urban development.

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The Alexandra Institute, Gehl, the Danish Design Centre, Danish Architecture Centre invite you to a conference for the likes of architects, designers and urban planners with the aim of inspiring participants to contribute to the development of the smart city. As an extension to the Smart City Expo in Barcelona and with the theme of 'Cities for Citizens', the conference will focus on how the involvement of citizens and design can play a more important role in cities' digital solutions.

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The day will feature inspirational visions and projects, focusing on the creation of better cities by using technology in new ways. The first half will concentrate on international projects with presentations by Pan Studio and Future Cities Catapult etc.  The second half will concentrate on Nordic projects from cities such as Helsinki, Malmø, Oslo, Aarhus and Copenhagen. Three keynote speakers will create the day's framework: Carlo Ratti , Director of MIT Senseable City Lab is one of the leading experts on how technology shapes our cities and he'll be giving an overall introduction to the conference. By the end of the day another key note will be held by Daniele Quercia, which Fortune magazine voted one of the most important players in the field of big data, and whose ventures include the project, Happy Maps, about which he has also given a TED talk.  Finally the day will be rounded off by Pedro Gadanho, Director of the recently opened Museo de Arte, Arquitectura e Technologia in Lisbon, and former curator at MoMa.

The conference will also include a number of engaging formats: for example, a workshop session, in which participants will get an opportunity to go into the themes of the conference in depth, activating their own practice and professionalism.

NB! This event is conducted in English.


9.30 - 9.45 AM: Welcome

9.45 - 10.00 AM: Mapping of case studies and a chance to meet one another

10.00 - 10.40 AM: Keynote 1: Carlo Ratti, Director, MIT Senseable City Lab

10.40 AM - 12.00 noon: Design boost 1: Visions/Design thinking in future cities (international focus)

12.00 noon - 1.00 PM: Lunch

1.00 - 2.30 PM: Design boost 2: Cities for people (specific design solutions from Scandinavia)

2.30 - 3.15 PM: Workshop: A discussion about design thinking methods for use in cities

3.15 - 3.30 PM: Break

3.30-3.55 PM: Keynote 2: Daniele Quercia, founder Happy Maps

3:55-4.15 PM: Keynote 3:  Pedro Gadanho, director MAAT - Museo de Arte, Arquitectura e Technologia 

4.15 - 4.30 PM: Conclusion and thank you 

The conference is developed by Danish Architecture Centre, Alexandra Institute, Danish Design Center, Gehl and BLOXHUB and supported by Realdania. 

Designing for Smart Citizens
Date 24 November 2016
Time 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Show on map Location The Danish Architecture Centre
Strandgade 27B, Copenhagen
Price 650 DKK incl meals
Organiser The Danish Architecture Centre in cooperation with Alexandra Instituttet, DDC og Gehl Architects
Contact Person Kristina Neel Jakobsen

Tuesday, October 04, 2016 / By Thea Dahl

Last updated Wednesday, November 23, 2016