Call for Proposals: Deep City – Climate Crisis, Democracy and the Digital

Big data, smart systems, machine learning – it’s inevitable that these new technologies will change the way we study, build and manage our cities. At an equivalent time resurgent interest in consensus and contributive action seems to oppose an exclusively data-driven urbanism. is that the opposition of machine intelligence and democracy inevitable, or are shared trajectories possible?

Politicians, social scientists, urbanists, and designers find their working methods and disciplinary knowledge challenged by insights derived from big data, machine learning and AI (A.I.). As both citizens and experts within the many respective fields, our mission must be to usher in our disciplinary knowledge and civic engagement to support the acceptable development and discussion of data-driven tools, to think about both their biases and potentials, and to market broader social literacy and criticality. Ultimately, it’s an issue of both decanting the technical quality of those new instruments of design, management and deciding , also as enhancing democratic control over them. How can we do this? Do our disciplines currently lack adequate strategies to know , including critique or exploit the knowledge-products of machine learning, AI and large data?

Due to the continued covid-19 crisis, the International DEEP CITY Latsis Symposium has been rescheduled to 24-27th March 2021 with an innovative conference concept where the digital and therefore the physical will join to make a worldwide dialogical field. To ground this field and foster meaningful exchange, we launch a involve PROPOSALS, starting from operational practices to speculative and theoretical questionings. These are often presented in written, built, coded, drawn, figured, imagined, filmed, modelled or in the other way conveyed format. Participants are going to be ready to attend and present their add person at any of its three main sites or through the DEEP CITY analog-digital platform where they’ll be ready to participate and ask the event’s global audience.

DEEP CITY will happen on the EPFL Campus in Lausanne, from March 24th to 27th 2021, with parallel and customary activities in partner sites Singapore (in collaboration with SUTD Singapore University of Technology and Design) and Hong Kong (in collaboration with Hong Kong University). This social and cultural event will connect different cities and time zones, augmenting the physical experience through the digital and augmenting the digital through a singular approach to the physical.

Conference themes:

  • Data, democracy and sovereignty: towards new urban and political imaginaries.
  • New digital tools for urban governance.
  • New material agencies.
  • Making ground for new negotiations between the technological, the ecological and the social.
  • Resilient cities in the post-Anthropocene
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence as new forms of design rationality

DEEP CITY is organized by EPFL Institute of Architecture’s laboratories ALICE (Atelier de la conception de l’espace) and LDM (Media and Design Laboratory) in collaboration with SUTD Singapore University of Technology and Design and Hong Kong University.

Complete information on Deep City website.

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