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Ingi Helgason <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 9 Jun 2010 17:26:59 +0100
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A few places left, apply soon...


Informing the design of the future urban landscape

Workshop :: 17th August :: DIS2010 :: Aarhus, Denmark

Workshop website ::


This workshop will identify emerging design themes by bringing  
together practitioners and researchers from across disciplines.  
Participants in the workshop will collaborate in a practical exercise  
designed to reveal issues that will increasingly impact upon the  
design of the products and services that will populate the urban  
landscape in the near future. The outcome of this workshop will be the  
identification of challenges that designers and technologists will  
have to address as they shape the media-rich urban landscape. It is  
hoped that this workshop would form the basis of a new collaborative  
network with the aim of taking this technological design research  
agenda further.

It is envisaged that the urban spaces of the future will be saturated  
with both visible and hidden media that gather and transmit  
information. How we as physical beings connect with, interpret and  
shape the increase of data residing in our environment will be a  
significant challenge. The forms in which this data will be presented,  
and how we decide to conceptualise it, is as yet unknown. Will the  
technologically enriched environment adapt to accommodate human/city  
contact points, and, in response, how will we choose to interact with  
and navigate through, this information landscape?

The workshop organisers have already received an excellent mix of high  
quality applications from several countries, and we are looking  
forward to a very interesting and productive workshop. There are a  
small number of places left, so please get in touch soon if you would  
like to apply for the workshop.


Participation and selection

As the aim of this workshop is to generate discussion and to  
collaboratively identify design issues, we would like to encourage  
attendance from a mix of people at different career stages, both  
creative practitioners and academic researchers. As  
interdisciplinarity is an important feature of this workshop,  
participants from a range of backgrounds in the fields of technology  
and creative design are welcome to attend.

More information on submission procedure on the workshop website ::

You will be notified of your acceptance to participate in the workshop  
as soon as possible, please note that early registration is available  
until 1st July.


Research questions

The workshop will seek to address questions such as: What form will  
the information landscape take? How will people adapt their behaviours  
and indeed how will the nature of the urban landscape alter as  
increased amounts of information is overlaid on the physical  
environment? What new products and services will be available given  
the increase of targeted information aimed at specific communities and  
interest groups? Will this result in an increase in segmentation and  
fragmentation associated with the urban experience leading to the  
possibility of the creation of multiple experiences of the same  
physical space. What will inform the visual aesthetic of the future  
information landscape?

The workshop will seek to explore the ‘bleed points’ where the  
physical and virtual worlds connect or indeed, disconnect. Examples  
will be drawn from advertising and product design (art works).  
Furthermore the workshop will focus on the small ideas that underpin  
the ‘big questions’ that too often overwhelm researchers. Indeed, it  
has been said that the ‘devil is in the detail’, subsequently the  
workshop will invite participants to adopt an attitude of curiosity as  
they seek to unpack the nature of peoples’ rituals, habits and  
priorities, focusing, in particular, on the potential for behaviour  
associated with existing technologies.


Workshop organisers

Michael Smyth & Ingi Helgason, Centre for Interaction Design,

Edinburgh Napier University Edinburgh, UK

As the background of the organisers is in the field of Interaction  
Design, they have a research interest in how personal technologies are  
used and appropriated to record and share thoughts, times and places.  
Therefore, while this workshop uses technology in its delivery, it is  
an important factor in this experience that the technologies should be  
those that the participants carry with them (i.e. mundane) in their  
everyday lives.


For more information please contact Ingi Helgason :: [log in to unmask]

The DIS conference addresses design as an integrated activity spanning  
technical, social, cognitive, organisational, and cultural factors.

Workshop website ::


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