Bits of Public Space

Physical Public Space X Virtual Space

Urban designers and landscape architects observe physical public spaces as spaces that are able to accommodate accidental meetings, reveal places’ identity, provide impulsive on the spot choices, and allow human-nature interaction through wind or sunshine. However, the recent crisis unfolds the intertwining between physical public space and virtual space. During two days, we focus on the shift of the planner’s outlook on physical public space and virtual space.

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When: Thursday, November 5 and 6, 9.00am – 6.00pm CET
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Over history, urbanists observed physical public spaces as spaces that are able to accommodate accidental meetings, reveal places’ identity, provide impulsive on the spot choices, and also allow human-nature interaction through wind or sunshine. However, the recent crisis unfolds the intertwining between physical public space and virtual space. We see the emergence of a radical combination of both spaces. Today, we can be present in different places at the same time without travelling and we can be connected while we are so far away. Thus, it means that distance is becoming less restricted.

An interaction now is not only about interaction in a physical public space. With the internet, we can have real-time interaction with friends around the world through the window of a computer screen. As urbanists, spatial planning can contribute to both environments. Therefore, we propose to look at a broader perspective and use that to enhance the field of urbanism. Additionally, we are looking to advance the trends and find out if the virtual environment can contribute to reaching worldwide challenges and targets, such as sustainable development goals.

The Event
The event will be held online for two days. On the first day, we try to understand the emergence of virtual space and how it is currently intertwining with physical public spaces. On the second day, we try to connect our new understanding to the practice of our professions as urban designers and landscape architects. These main questions will be addressed through lectures, workshops, movie screenings, and some trivia quizzes to make it interactive.

This webinar is part of the initiative ‘Urbanism & Landscape week 2020‘.

Event Managers
Polis, Platform for Urbanism and Landscape Architecture

Host
Maurice Harteveld, Delft University of Technology: Urban Design | Public Space

Keynotes
Michael Batty – University College London: Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
Carlo Ratti – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston: MIT Senseable City Lab
Hendrik Tieben – Chinese University of Hong Kong: School of Architecture

Workshop
Milena Ivkovic – Blok74 | Urban SIM’s, Rotterdam

Talks (+ Pecha Kucha)
Thijs Turel – AMS Institute, Amsterdam
Ariel Noyman – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston: MIT Media Lab
Fiona Zisch – University College London: The Bartlett School of Architecture
Vamsi Krishna Vemuri – Futurly, Frankfurt am Main

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