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How social sculptures are changing the cities

How social sculptures are changing the cities

Artists (or at least some of them) are leaving the realm of autonomous art where they may be able to achieve radical self-expression, but cannot engage directly with reality in its extremes. For the interventionists, this isn’t enough. They are out to improve the world: accomplices of the good life orchestrating unbidden moments in urban spaces.
How the conceptualisation of public affairs is changing

How the conceptualisation of public affairs is changing

A city can no longer be governed “from the top down”. Municipal policy is now far more characterised by a complex mesh of compromise and cooperation between politics/administration, business and civil society groups. Orderly civic participation and processes suffer repeated “disturbance” due to unpredicted protests, civil initiatives and spontaneous outbursts of indignation. This both confuses procedures and brings into question formalised participation.In either case, information and communication technologies act as important agencies and amplifiers for developments. But do they also contribute something to those...
How municipal institutions and their functions are changing

How municipal institutions and their functions are changing

Until very recently, urban culture has been determined by buildings and institutions: museums, theatres, concert halls, libraries, academies/universities and socio-cultural centres as well as palaces, parks and churches: all are witnesses to our cultural heritage.Set in stone, the representation as well as the functional responsibility of these outdated institutions are mixed up by the information and network society, then either rejected or re-evaluated. In the informational city, “old” education and cultural institutions such as libraries reflect with particular clarity the structural changes...
How lifestyles and participation in public life are changing

How lifestyles and participation in public life are changing

On-going issues of climate change and ecological urban restructuring are also bringing urban living environments into question.Behavioural changes are necessary and are being tested through neighbourhood projects, integrated mobility concepts and connections between living, work and leisure.New communities of responsibility are emerging which are supported, facilitated and inspired by information and communication technologies. This process is redefining the relationship (which characterises European cities) between public and private life.
How digital technologies are changing the perception of the city

How digital technologies are changing the perception of the city

Initially, today’s conceptualisations, technologies and visualisations of a modern “mapping of the city” will be presented. The conceptualisations include web-based mapping projects (e.g. Google Mashups), projects centring on resident participation and agitation with the help of location-based services and interventionist artwork. The (continual) mapping combined with aesthetic, interactive-dynamic visualisation and the provision of urban data (flows) represents an important basis for discussion and decision-making processes in the city.
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Markus Kissling / Spacewalk

Markus Kissling / Spacewalk

CREATING FREE SPACES – DESIGNING BOUNDARY OBJEKTS The lecture is based on experience with participatory projects organised as part of city and community development initiatives. It will reveal that a part of this experience can be transferred to the virtual world. Digital media, social media and virtual networking can within their respective systems be a...