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Manifesto for the Inclusive Digital City — with design examples

Digital Urban Living is an interdisciplinary research project based at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). The project brings together interaction design, urbanism and architecture, and addresses how digital technologies can enable new ways of designing urban services that positively affect issues of sustainability, urban life and governance. This Autumn, the Digital Urban Living research group has had the privilege to work with six master students of interaction- and service-design at AHO — Helene, Frida, Aleksandra, Andreea, Alice and Julie. Their brief was to openly explore, through design, the possibilities and the threats of digital cities within the Nordic model. They have developed a ‘Manifesto for the Inclusive Digital City — with design examples’ that was launched on Friday the 14th of December. This post is a reworked version of my afterword for this manifesto.

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New anthology: Bysamfunn

The anthology Bysamfunn (“Urban Societies”) has recently been launched. The anthology presents various research-based perspectives on contemporary urban societies in Norway and beyond. Three researchers from the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, AHO have contributed with a chapter each. In his piece, Professor Jonny Aspen argues that a more fine-tuned language about how people actually experience urban living is needed. Associate Professor Erling Dokk Holm proposes a tool for mapping the gender profile of ground floor stores in city centers. For his part, PhD Fellow Sverre Bjerkeset presents an ethnographic study of everyday public space as a place of social encounters. The anthology is edited by Researcher Ida Marie Henriksen and Professor Aksel Tjora at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and is published by Universitetsforlaget.

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New publication: Under Under

Under Under is a recently launched initiative at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, Oslo School of Architecture and Design. It’s a quarterly publication, under the direction of architect and researcher Luis Callejas, that set forth to “link the work and thoughts of practitioners, educators, and researchers in the field landscape, architecture, urbanism, and the visual arts.” The inaugural issue is dedicated to the works of Hanne Bat Finke, and, in particular, the late Jeppe Aagard Andersen. It has been edited and designed by Luis Callejas and Christiana Pitsillidou, with Peter Hemmersam and Marianne Skjulhaug as guest editors. Morgan Alexander Ip proofread all contributions. Upcoming issues: “Andrea Branzi – Luis Callejas”, “Günter Vogt – AHO students”, and “Anita Berrizbeitia – Marianne Skjulhaug”.

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Strategies for Digital Urban Services

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.

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