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Konstantinos Ioannidis <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 6 Jan 2016 06:00:20 -0500
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The School of Architecture at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Cost Action TU1306 are pleased to organize the
International Training School in thinking and making hybrid spaces “Enhancements: Mediated Urban Landscapes” to be held 29 March - 01 April 2016 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The venue will be the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Architecture, University Campus, 54124, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Enhancements is an international COST Action training school that brings into question our contemporary outdoor life as dominated by touchscreen-action and technology mediated real- time interaction by multiple users. Considering that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) accompany almost all of our outdoor real-world activities, the experience of open public space is now affected by the digital to such an extent that becomes fully mediated. In this sense, Mediated Urban Landscapes are simply real. In order to explore further the emergence of such hybrid environments, the training school aims to develop an understanding of our urban landscapes as territories of interacting influences using ICT to define both spatial features and human activities.

SCOPE AND CONTEXTThe general context of the training school is based on creating a shared understanding of the forms of man/machine/space interactive narratives related to the shaping and making of technologically enhanced public spaces. It aims to increase the awareness of new methods, techniques and materials for the production of responsive and inclusive urban places, as well for their effects on human behavior, preferences and responses.
The New Waterfront of Thessaloniki has a world award-winning architectural and landscape thematic layout of rooms-as-gardens. This is a key territory for outdoor public activity of the city and will be used as the main case study of the training school. The course will explore new enhanced forms of storytelling through the Gardens’ individual narrative areas. We will investigate the role of ICT in enhancing this linear urban feature as a hybrid space able to adapt and assimilate to shifts in social requirements.

Four main teaching modules will inquire the new transformative reality of a coastal Mediated Urban Landscape:
1. Transforming Value: responsive technologies, prototypes and concepts
2. Spatial and Digital Methods: from analog to networked design processes
3. The Esthetics of Mediated Experiences: new forms of outdoor materiality
4. Social Life in Mediated Environments: architecture, space and post digital humanities

We are looking for interested participants to join the Enhancements: Mediated Urban Landscapes training school to be held in Thessaloniki, Greece from 29 March to 01 April 2016. The training school is open to a broad spectrum of disciplines related to urban space and ICT - from architecture, landscape and interaction design to urban development, sociology and digital humanities. Eligible participants are Master or PhD level students, early career investigators (for those being at the early phase of their career with at least PhD degree and not more than 8 year work experience after graduation) and early stage professionals (like urban designers, landscape architects, social scientists, ICT developers, entrepreneurs, digital/kinetic artists, etc.) holding a master degree. This list is not exhaustive, the training school is open to a wide range of backgrounds.

ENHANCEMENTS is offering places for 20 participants. The official language of the training school is English. There is the possibility of parallel workshops during some of the days of the training school. More information will be provided to the selected applicants. All participants have to attend all scheduled sessions (4 days) in order to acquire an integrated view on the subject area of this Training School. In case it is needed, the participants shall be able and have the interest to do preparative work for the training school in advance, following the requirements of the tutor(s) that will be informed in due course.

Interested participants shall apply online with a video application in standard video format (.avi, mp4, mkv, etc.) Video applications should be successfully registered and uploaded at by the 31th of January 2016. More information on the video application content and process can be found at the above link.
The Organizing Committee will make the final decision on the distribution of the available places among various backgrounds and will inform the successful participants by the 12th of February 2016.

The confirmed applicants from COST countries will be granted for accommodation, daily meals and travel expenses the maximum flat rate grant defined by both TU1306 project and the Organizing Committee.

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