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Cities & Contexts

A brief history of “Citizen-Generated Contexts” and the City

Overview; my current work on cities and the new contexts in which #CityZens might operate started with with looking at learners and new contexts for learning. We looked at how participatory social media tools (Web 2.0) could help learners construct their own contexts for learning with the Open Context Model of Learning. This lead us to further examine the processes whereby learners learnt, from which we developed the Emergent Learning Model. As this was a design tool to help design new learning contexts we decided to test this by using Manchester as a series of learning contexts in the Ambient Learning City project #MosiAlong. We reviewed what we learnt from this in Social Cities of Tomorrow revising our view of both cities and learning in contexts. Working on setting up Transition Town Stoke Newington we looked at how digital-based transactions could help move to different citizen-centric structures, starting with self-identified Transition Towns in the Transition Network. As UWE think that medium-sized cities (like Bristol) might be the drivers of socially-responsible digital-change we offered a post-social cities analysis concerning with Designing Participatory #SmartCities. This was in accord with the work being done by the city of Timisoara (Romania) as part of their City of Culture #Timisoara2021 and Learning City 2.0 (2016) was presented as part of the ASLERD conference on smart cities and regional development. This focussed on historic change in learning environments and how that might affect the design of cities. Shortly afterwards a similar analysis looking at Third Places and social change in the City was presented in Pula (Croatia) as part of the EU Origin of Spaces project. This looked at how new #digital #TiersLieux might drive socio-economic change in the European City.

We take it as axiomatic that Web 2.0 is about participation and that new technology uses should be designed around user participation. In the newly emerging politics of the digital age this could be labelled as designing participatory citizen-centric systems for a new social category of #CityZens… More below Continue reading Cities & Contexts


Perspectives on the City


Background; We’ve just had an interesting discussion on Facebook when Carl Smith asked Christiaan Weiler of CAB42 if there are any “radical art / architectural examples of how we should be ‘envisioning the smart city as if people mattered’ do you know of any good examples?”

Christian replied “smart to me is close to martial arts : optimizing energy flows, peripheral vision, perpetual in balance, low cost, high output…. so here are some links that reflect that; Calypso 2001 http://bit.ly/1DKh1Cu

Book – city as loft http://bit.ly/1zxjNG8
Book – make shift city http://bit.ly/1zxjU4w
OfficeMargen lab Barcelona http://bit.ly/1Jz4qXZ
Projectde ceuvel (Nederland) http://bit.ly/1MLXNk8

Some interesting links developed from this opening comment. Christiaan added that to him ‘”identity requires adaptability”, putting the user-building relation central.’ Which is a part of Christiaan’s architectural philosophy. “Architecture that’s set in the present and destined for the future, adaptive and evolutive, imagined beyond the initial brief, a sustainable investment,” with examples collected on Pinterest.

Carl responded by pointing to the provocation piece; Cr-eAM FP7 EC Provocation: Experience Design and Perceptual Re(Design) through Post-Digital Context Engineering on Vimeo.

Fred responded by saying his work was a combination of creative Heutagogy, allowing serendipities and that he was Curious; Digital. The synergies of which he which he had been testing in the Ambient Learning City project

Ants, bees, new city metaphors; Fernando Mendes broaden the debate by mentioning Stymergy and the trace relationships between people and places in the city. This raised the issue of emergent behaviours, that Steven Johnson Continue reading Perspectives on the City