[artinfo] Call for Workshop Organizers - Design & The City 2016

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Wed Nov 11 10:35:54 CET 2015

Design & The City 2016


Amsterdam, April 19-22, 2016

Call for Workshop Organizers

The Design & The City conference explores 
citizen-centered design approaches for the smart 
city, addressing how social media, big data and 
other digital technologies may contribute to more 
sustainable, liveable and sociable urban 
communities. Specific focus of the conference is 
on the expanding role of designers as initiators, 
innovators, campaigners, connectors, organizers, 
critics and imagineers of alternative urban 

The conference is organized by the 
University of Applied Sciences and takes place at 
<http://www.knowledgemile.org/>The Knowledge 
Mile, a living lab in the centre of Amsterdam. It 
takes place in the context of the Dutch 
presidency of the EU.

We are inviting proposals from designers, 
activists, researchers, media labs, and others 
for workshops to be held on April 22, 2016. 
Workshops are unique opportunities for engaging 
practitioners, researchers and conference 
attendees in a productive discussion.

This call is programmatically inclusive and 
broad: the Design & the City conference welcomes 
proposals for workshops that connect urban spaces 
to design, research, education, art, playfulness 
and activism. Workshops should involve attendees 
in concrete discussions and hands-on activities, 
with the objective of experimenting with new 
concepts, fostering peer-to-peer discussion and 

Workshops will take place on Friday April 22, 
2016, either as a half-day or full-day 
activities, ideally with a mid-morning break, a 
lunch break, and a mid-afternoon break. They 
should bring attendees together around design 
issues for citizen-centered smart cities, 
discussing them in a participatory and/or 
practical way. Possible examples could include 
co-design sessions, booksprints, roundtables, 
hackathons, etc. Workshops should have some kind 
of tangible output, such as a shared wiki, a 
curated selection of sketches, a collective paper 
or an artifact.

Each workshop organizer will produce their own 
call for participants and will be able to select 
them. Conference organizers will advertise calls 
on the main website, and in addition to this 
workshop organizers will disseminate them in 
their own networks. Workshop organizers are 
responsible for documenting the outputs and 
making them available on a platform of their 
choice, which will be linked to the main 
conference website. Conference organizers will 
arrange for food and coffee, for working space, 
as well as reasonable logistics and some 
equipment (such as projectors, whiteboards, wifi 
access...). Workshop organizers will receive free 
entrance to the main conference; a small fee will 
be charged to workshop participants to cover for 
lunch and other logistics.

Deadline for proposals is December 7, notice of 
acceptance can be expected in January 2016.

Proposals should include:

Workshop title

Organizers' names and short bios

Short description of the proposed topic, and its 
relevance to the general conference theme (300 
words max)

Short description of the methodologies adopted 
(e.g. discussion, co-creation, rapid paper 
prototypingŠ) (250 words max)

Short description of the participants' required 
competences, if any, and necessary equipment 
(e.g. participants should bring a camera and a 
sketchpad) (250 words max)

Short description of the expected outputs, as 
well as the strategies for making them accessible 
(250 words max)

Duration of the workshop (full-day, half-day) and 
preferred location (e.g. classroom, open space, 
itinerant workshop in public areasŠ)

Proposals should be sent as attachments to 
<mailto:info at designandthecity.eu>info at designandthecity.eu 
with "Workshop Proposal" in the subject line. You 
can also reach us at this email address for any 
further questions.

On behalf of the Design & the City organizing committee: 

Martijn de Waal (Programme Coordinator) & 
Gabriele Ferri (Workshop Coordinator),



Design & The City
Exploring citizen-centered design approaches for the smart city

Amsterdam April 19-22 2016

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