Digital technology is a central part of the societal development and everyday life and is becoming increasingly important in urban development. Today’s digital city is found in the ongoing digitalisation of services, institutions and infrastructures, and through the hundreds of digital and urban services and applications that characterise urban life. Digital urban services are increasingly influencing urban living, urban development and management. Today, digital systems, tools and services not only affect how cities are planned and controlled but also many aspects of everyday life. There is a wide range of strategies for how governments, businesses and individuals relate to this development. In spite of this, digital urban services are only to a very limited extent subject to overall urban policy or government regulation.
Urban environments, digital data and media are increasingly interconnected. Digital technologies are becoming integral to urban and civic life in terms of public services, commerce, media, culture and education. The digitalisation of urban cultures, businesses and public sectors presents new problems but also possibilities for design, architecture and planning. Addressing this development requires interdisciplinary collaboration. Currently, the digital design sector is increasingly working on projects that involve ‘smart city’ planning and governance as well as digitalisation of urban services. At the same time, architects and urban planners proactively seek to engage with the new possibilities and expectations that the digitalisation of cities and urban living creates.
Rachel Troye as executive board member of the Cumulus organisation took part in the Cumulus 2017 – Letters to the Future conference. Cumulus is the only global association representing art, design and media education in the world. It was founded in 1990 and has today 260 prominent university members from 56 countries. Cumulus shares knowledge with excellent partners and is endorsed by UNESCO.
As a part of the elective course ”Digital fabrication methods and processes’, design students at AHO have exhibited a wide range of experimental design projects and material processes for digital fabrication. Initially held at Galleriet at AHO, the exhibit has since moved to Teknisk Museum (the Norwegian Science Museum), where a chocolate-making workshop was also held.
AHO, Centre for Design Research and Systems Oriented Design present the new RSD6 Conference: Environment, Economy, Democracy: Flourishing Together Our theme this year encompasses the contexts for flourishing in democratic societies, and exploring the opportunities for systemic design in: Democratic participation and policy innovation Strongly sustainable business innovation Flourishing communities Design of architectures, settlements and built environments RSD6 is engaging many complementary themes and speakers on critical human system issues connecting to flourishing and democracy, including Social impact in flourishing and change programs Health and population wellness Ecological design and bioregion development Human-scaled and regional economies Sociotechnical and technological systems Other themes relating systems thinking and design