Digital Urbanims – Part 4

The Digital Urbanisms Conference
October 11, 2019

The development of urban digital technologies and the deployment of digital information have evolved into a mutually reinforcing feedback loop between distributed sites of data production and extraction, and the planning and design of data-driven and evidence-based landscapes. Mobile social media, networks of sensors, and the ecology of connected devices termed the “Internet of Things,” among others, constitute infrastructures that harvest information, while advancing techniques of analysis and visualization have begun to describe and design sociopolitical and built environments in their image. Digital Urbanisms is a one-day symposium bringing together urban researchers and practitioners – planners, architects, geographers, organizers, and entrepreneurs – to take stock of the digital processes and products shaping cities, their promises, and problems, and discuss alternatives and approaches for operating within and against the uneven spaces they characterize.

Afternoon Session: Information, Action
Data and Democracy

This session explores the implications of urban digital tech and data usage for public participation, engagement, citizenship, and inclusion. This dialogue between panelists in a range of different fields aims to raise questions and critique as well as highlight practices and opportunities for action, intervention, and organizing.

Greta Byrum, Co-Director, Digital Equity Laboratory, The New School
Renee Sieber, Associate Professor, Geography, McGill University
Moderated by Susan McGregor.



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