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How do we shape the future of human and non-human relationships in public space?
Thursday 12 December 10:15-13:00 14:00-16:30
Curated and hosted by Lily Higgins and Elise Marcus
30 years from now
30 years from now in Rotterdam, the way we design, relate to, and interact in public space has shifted. The interactions between human and non-human, human and human, non-human and non-human, and the grey-area in between will present us with new dilemmas, opportunities, and norms in the public realm.
Part 1: Mapping Implications & Connecting Unlikely Dots
In this hands-on workshop, we’ll map the implications of plausible IoT developments beyond the next few years, and explore the future of the rules, regulations, and norms of public space that will shape how we design and use these spaces. How do we define our desired interactions in and with public space? How much do we want to intervene in defining the rules of interaction, and where is the boundary between public and private? How will we change the built environment and how will it change us?
Part 2: Speculative Sign-Making & Urban Intervention
Building on the insights from mapping implications, we’ll explore the archetype of the mundane street sign to create tangible speculative artefacts. With speculative signs in hand, we’ll hit the streets of Rotterdam to install our artefacts in public space. Where do the signs of tomorrow find a space in today’s city? What do these new rules mean for the next 30 years of city-making? We’ll reflect on the results of these inquiries in order to deepen the dialogue around future rules of public space within and beyond Thingscon.