Digital Futures session on 'cities'

We're all at different points in our HighWire journey. In this session we will hear four 'status updates' from across the HighWire cohorts on the topic of 'cities'. Importantly, this aims to create a chance for people to listen and discuss.

Come and Experiment with a New Format for the Digital Futures Sessions

Area of Focus: Cities

This is the first in a series of Digital Futures that are the-ones-in-between-the-programmed-speakers-organised-by-Gordon.

Experimenting with a new format:

  • 4 presenters
  • 10mins each (MAX)
  • Discussion & Reflection

Whilst we are without Adam Greenfield's talk surrounding 'Smart Cities', we thought it would be helpful if we continued to share with you our projects with people and technology in cities. There will be time allocated at the end of this session to discuss the format and ideas folks have for future DF sessions - its an open forum, but with structure so it should aim to be productive.

We're all at different points in our HighWire journey. In this session we will hear four 'status updates' from across the HighWire cohorts on the topic of 'cities'. Importantly, this aims to create a chance for people to listen, discuss what is/has inspired their research, ask where motivation is coming from, and what questions are arising from the reflection, the analysis and the context in which it is unfolding?

The Four Presenters:

Lou Mullagh - 2nd yr PhD. Lou will present a summary of her work carried out during year 1 of the PhD. She aims to investigate the importance of human values in the city and how they manifest within technologies and the built environment within this context. Through the act of mapping a critical lens will be developed in order to cut through the complexities of whatever the ‘smart’ city is.

Sebastian Weise - final year of the PhD (presenting via Skype from Canada), will present a chapter of his thesis that reveals geographic patterns within 1160 comments made by 465 citizens in two online consultations and presents how there is room for an improved information space that supports collective awareness, activism and helping 'place owners' socialise in the urban planning process.

Rob Potts - 2nd year of the PhD, will follow and present via Skype in Reykjavik the Lucid Lancaster project. The project comprised a pilot study and public event to look at how locals and visitors experience and move through the town centre, and the integration of the physical and digital space.

Becca Taylor - 1st year of the PhD, has recently worked with fellow HighWirer Mike Stead on the MRes Summer Project and has since built on these relationships within the local community in the Northern Quarter, Manchester. This has informed an overarching focus for her PhD research. Becca will share a brief version of the story and invite discussion on the application of participatory methods when you are actively involved in practice-based and action research.

The Rules:

This session is a safe space to be listened to and to talk of the fear, the excitement and the risk-taking of your research and the work you are currently undertaking and/or aspire to undertake.

For an open-forum like this to work it has to be attended and will need folk to fully invest in engaging in one another's work and ideas. Dare it be said... please keep your devices switched off or to one side.

Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday.

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