PICNIC Festival 2011 – Digitale tanker om fremtidens by

Byen er fremtidens computer

I september blev løb den årlige PICNIC Festival 2011 kørt af. Det skulle efter sigende være den største kreative festival i Europa med 5.000 besøgende over 3 dage og med over 250 journalister/bloggere. Jeg har selv været godt underholdt i den efterfølgende online video dokumentation.

Blandt de mest interessante foredrag fandt jeg især “Building the Meta-City” af Mark Ralston [Frog Design] hvor han fortæller om hvordan det moderne byskab i fremtiden vil træde istedet for vores idé om en computer-enhed som vi kan have i hånden. Byen vil i stedet indeholde og afgive informationen. Her næst er det Adam Greenfields “Another City is Possible”, hvori han diskuterer de kommende Smart-Cities – hvem presser på, har interresse i, eller vil blive kørt over af udviklingen. Med “The Best City Never Seen”, hiver Lorenzo de Rita et væld af aldrig udførte visioner of skuffen. Fantasifulde, utopiske og fantastiske projekter der stadig kan inspirere de nye generationer. Som den sidste gav Jack Barton’s “Urban Collaboration and Storytelling” lidt indsigt i vigtige spørgsmål om hvad der vil inspirere og sammenholde den moderne digitale by.

Se de fire video foredrag nedenfor:

Building the Meta-City – Mark Ralston/Frog Design

The modern city is becoming a pointer system, the new URL, for tomorrow’s hybrid digital-physical environment. Today’s Facebook will be complemented by tomorrow’s Placebook. Explosive innovation and adoption of computing, mobile devices and rich sources of data are changing our cities: where we live, work, and play. It’s about us, and how computing in the context of our cities is changing how we live. A digital landscape overlays our physical world and is expanding to offer ever-richer experiences that complement—and in emerging cases, replace—the physical experience. Mark Ralston, Chief Creative Officer of frog, takes a glimpse into a coming world where computing isn’t just with us, but surrounds us and uses the context of our environment to empower us in more natural, yet powerful ways.

Another City is Possible – Adam Greenfield

So where do we find ourselves, after a solid decade of smart city rhetoric? What was promised to us, what has been delivered, what were the results, and what remains possible? Which cities have successfully capitalized on emergent technology, and which have made the wrong bets? Whose interests are reflected in smart city discourse, and whose have tended to be overlooked or pushed to the side? This talk with Urbanscale founder and managing director Adam Greenfield aims to cleave hype from genuine potential, decode the claims currently being made for urban informatics, and lay out a set of criteria by which future proposals can be evaluated.

The Best City Never Seen – Lorenzo de Rita

It seems that history is full of cities thought up, imagined, and dreamed of, that were eventually never realized. Admirable projects, magnificent places, utopian plans… human fantasy has built many more cities than what we see on a map. The Best City Never Seen is a 20-minute tour into the ruins of paleo-futuristic cities hoping to inspire a new way of thinking about cities and discovering the latent potential of the cities we now live in.

Urban Collaboration and Storytelling – Jake Barton

What will inspire and connect cities of the future? At our core, we are linked together by the stories that we collectively tell. How can we create experiences that can bind us to each other, even as our technologies, economics and cultures are increasingly diverse and challenging? Drawing on examples from the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Change By Us and the Frank Gehry-designed Eisenhower Memorial, Jake Barton explores collaboration at the urban scale.