[March 16-18] Workshop on Designing more than Human Cities (species beyond Humans), registration deadline March 1
Posted: 10 February 2020 09:02 AM
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Creative Coding is inviting Media Tech students and alumni to this interesting workshop below on Designing more than Human Cities (species beyond Humans).

Only limited spots available, deadline March 1.


WORKSHOP__[urban interfaces] X Cream on Chrome
Designing interfaces for More-Than-Human Cities
A pressure cooker workshop hosted by research group [urban interfaces], the research MA program Media, Art & Performance Studies at Utrecht University, and Creative Coding Utrecht - platform for art and digital creativity.

When: 16 & 17 March: 10.00-18.00
Where: MCW Lab, Kromme Nieuwegracht 20, Utrecht
Register: send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) before March 1

In this workshop, students from different programs and academies collaborate on an interdisciplinary urban design assignment. The specific focus of the workshop is to develop creative designs for interfacing with the more-than-human cities.

This deals with the question of how the design, planning and organization of urban co-habitation can take into account the diverse interests, stakes, perspectives and rights of other living organisms and species beside humans. How can we collaborate with other species in shaping public space? What can we learn from insects or birds? How can we imagine urban infrastructures inspired by fungal networks?  And in order to be able to answer these questions, how do we meaningfully ‘interface’ with non-human species?

In this workshop we will use creative methodologies to “design for debate,” under the guidance of design studio Cream on Chrome and scholars from Utrecht University’s research group [urban interfaces]. Here, design is intended to address contemporary urban challenges and translate more abstract ideas about these issues into a tangible design prototype, in order to develop a speculative scenario for life in Future Cities. With these design prototypes, we do not intend to offer solutions but rather aim to spark the debate about future urban challenges by adopting more-than-human perspectives.

Students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds are involved. We expect a productive exchange of perspectives, theories, concepts, skills, and interests. You will become familiar with some relevant theoretical perspectives from the humanities as well as more practical and solution-oriented perspectives from creative and design-based disciplines. You will be part of an interdisciplinary team, and work collaboratively towards the presentation of your design concept. As an added bonus, you will have the opportunity to showcase your team’s design concept in the student exhibition during the Media Architecture Biennale in November 2020, with this year’s theme of #futuresImplied that connects to the design assignment of this workshop.

Interested? Send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) before March 1