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Designing for Smart Citizens



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.


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.

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 will be conducted in English.


09.30-09.45:   Welcome
09.45-10.00:   Mapping of case studies and a chance to meet one another
10.00-10.40:   Keynote 1: Carlo Ratti, Director, MIT Senseable City Lab
10.40-12.00:   Designboost 1: Visions/Designthinking in the future cities (international focus)
•    Sam Hill, co-founder, Pan Studio
•    Euan Mills, urban designer, Future Cities Catapult
•    Christoph Fraundorfer, founder, My Esel
•    Michael Badics, senior director, Ars Electronica
12.00-13.00:   Lunch
13.00-14.30:   Designboost 2: Cities for people (specific design solutions from Scandinavia)
•    DK: Torben Glock, Special consultant - Digital Bydel (Aarhus)
•    DK: Rikke Gram-Hansen, project manager, Copenhagen Solutions Lab
•    FI: Anne Stenros, chiefdesign officer - Helsinki City Lab
•    SE: Testbed studio (Malmö)
•    NO: Anthony Rowe, founder, Squidsoup (Oslo)
14.30-15.15:   Workshop: A discussion about design thinking methods for use in cities
•    Anne Stenros, chief design officer Helsinki
•    Birgitte Svarre, associate, Gehl
•    Runa Sabroe, programme director, DDC
•    Liselott Stenfeldt, team leader and architect, Alexandra Instituttet
15.15-15.30:   Break
15.30-15.55:   Keynote 2: Daniele Quercia, founder Happy Maps
15:55-16.15:   Keynote 3:  Pedro Gadanho, director MAAT - Museo de Arte, Arquitectura e Technologia
16.15-16.30:   Conclusion and thank you

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

24 November from 09:30 to 16:30 May, date to be confirmed
Danish Architecture Centre, Strandgade 27B, Copenhagen
DKK 650

Danish Architecture Centre, The Alexandra Institute, Gehl Architects and Danish Design Centre

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