The Active Public Space “How to” guide is now available!
Please download it at the following link:
The Active Public Space “How to” guide is now available!
Please download it at the following link:
The Active Public Space State of the Art and Best Practices Catalogue is now available!
Please download it at the following link!
Don’t miss the Air – Move – Sound event in Prague on the 15th of August!
In Pavlova Square from 2:00pm to 8:00 pm with intermediate artist Michal Kindernay we will discuss with the inhabitants of Prague, who are passing through the town every day, about the possibilities of improving the I.P. Pavlova Square. At the same time we want to inform the public about the movement of people, air quality, and noise in one of Prague’s most polluted places. Measured data, processed in comprehensible form, will be communicated through a series of postcards, interactive website and with artistic and social events.
For more info: http://magistrala.eu/
On the 6th of June at MAK Museum UAAV installation KEPOS will open to the public. It will be available until the 22nd of June.
Combining knowledge on smart planning and smart technologies with citizen participation, KEPOS highlights architecture’s integrating and innovative role in implementing sustainable urban developments. Actively engaging citizens, the installation is showcasing the potentials of information and communication technology (ICT) in public spaces for user interaction and participation, thus raising interest in architecture and public space among a broader audience.
Connected to the internet, KEPOS engages via social media with the community, transforming its space into an active participant of urban life. Therefore, the pavilion is not only designed to provide a semi-private shelter in the urban context but it also engages by communicating its current status.
Using light KEPOS will show the current status of the plants’ need for water. At the same time when the plants are in need of hydration it will post on social media.
The engagement asked of the participants is to touch the plant in need of water thus activating its hydration. KEPOS will be monitoring and posting online the air quality, temperature and light conditions inside and outside of itself to inform on the micro-climate being created.
For more information follow this link to MAK.
KEPOS is also part of the Vienna Biennale
Don’t miss it!
The Dathaton workshop occurred in Prague between the 11th and the 13th of November 2016 at Carge premises. 50 students attended the workshop.
The central theme was the activation of Prague public space.
The students were provided with a set of data, that have been analysed in order to improve city or governmental policies as well as concrete spaces. All data used by the students has been divided in 916 microdistricts. They could be combined to neghborhoods and these added up to municipalities.
How can data help to actively shape cities? How can we activate public space by data usage? How can citizens collect data and actively shape their city? Those are some of the questions on which the students were focusing during the three intensive days, exploring new solutions.
The students proposals focused on three main topics:
1 – Urban Movements
The students focusing on this topic were analysing the city’s main traffic arteries as well as alternative routes of commuting, in order to adapt and create a more efficient traffic system. They tried to reveal the potential dynamics and needs of spaces in the city. Moreover they put an effort on finding alternative transport tools, focusing on the effect of limited parking zones, alternatives for Prague and transportation in neglected zones.
2 – Diverse city
Multiculturalism, different lifestyles and economic backgrounds are essential for contemporary metropolis. Students tried to find solutions for balancing varied situations in the urban space, exploring the diverse city. Platforms related to food, culture and politics have been explored as potential solutions. The impact of social networks in communicating the related events, creating new routes within the city. have been assessed.
3 – Bottom-up Impact
Virtual tools can allow a more participative urbanism, through mapping for example. The role of social media in urbanism is a theme that has emerged in the past 15 years. Many platforms are created by users in order to communicate or give the tools needed to express an idea. The data-driven participatory and interactive mapping have been studied by the students as a tool that can empower people to appropriate the space which they inhabit. The students focused on understanding how can virtual distributed tools allow for a more participative urbanism, what are the most innovative ways to collect information, how can more statistically significant, unbiased data be generated for better policy making, what kind of data is currently needed but not collected to solve the city’s problems.
During the workshop the following lectures have been given:
Bernhard Sommer, University of Applied Arts in Vienna
From Data to Better Governance
Lucie Stejskalová, Strategy and Policy Department at Institute of Planning and Development in Prague
Evaluating Access to Universal Digital Highways
Gabriel Ahlfeldt, London School of Economics and Political Science
Visualization and Interpretation of Data
Mathilde Marengo, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
During the last workshop day eleven teams working on urban topics of Prague such as public transport, abandoned places, residential real estate, livable city, and many more, presented their work to the international jury.
The students Robert stickney, Karel Golan, Eva Horakova, Greta Solari and Michal Kubista were awarded with a special mention for the project developed, each one of them received a 1,000 USD scholarship for the MA in Applied Economics program or ARCHIP masters program.
Data-driven Changemakers crunch numbers and deliver impact. Would you like to try? Join our Datathon event from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 November 2016. The theme of Datathon will be “Active public space”. The participants will analyse Prague city data (which will be given) to conceptualize practical solutions for:
Venue: CERGE-EI, Politických vězňů 7, Prague 1
Date and Time: Friday 11 November from 13:00 to 19:00, Saturday 12 November from 9:30 to 18:00 and Sunday 13 November from 9:00 to 15:00.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the event. On Saturday there will be an after party in the CERGE-EI student club. You can stay overnight for free at CERGE-EI.
The Datathon is for bachelor and master students interested in working with data and / or topics related to urban development. We do not expect you to have much experience of working with data but you should have a working knowledge of using Excel.
During the Datathon you’ll get hands-on experience of what it‘s like to solve a real urban development challenge using data analysis skills. You’ll choose a topic that interests you, form a team with other students and spend two days solving the case. In the end you‘ll present your findings to the jury and members of the winning team will each receive a 1,000 USD scholarship for our MA in Applied Economics program and ARCHIP will also offer a 1,000 USD tuition discount for their masters program.
Datathon will be followed by a specific intervention scheme to improve a public space in Prague. The Datathon participants will develop a proposal for an intervention scheme, based on their analysis conducted during Datathon. This intervention will be installed and its impact tested within 2-3 months after the Datathon event in a specific location in Prague. It is anticipated the intervention should improve the quality of the city’s public space and inhabitants experience of living in and moving around the city. Moreover, it will present how data can be used to solve a problem in order to improve society. The Datathon participants who were involved in proposing the intervention, will be welcome to continue working on the intervention after the Datathon event to make it ready for installation.
Stay tuned, more details coming soon!
If you are ready to join us, fill in the application form. https://docs.google.com/
APS Barcelona Installation was developed in the framework of the #SUPERILLA pilot project, which goal is to test in the area of San Marti district the Superilla Plan for Barcelona. The plan aims at closing to the traffic a part of the city roads, creating pedestrian areas and public space, following the scheme below:
SUPERILLA PLAN FOR BARCELONA
Five Barcelona schools of architecture have been invited to set up installations to activate, between the 12th and the 22th of September 2016, the new public space generated in the #SUPERILLA pilot project area.
IAAC participated with APS workshop students, developing the POBLEJOC installation, conceived during the Barcelona workshop.
POBLEJOC have been designed as an Urban Game with the aim of activating public space. A bench incorporating a tree, an urban orchard, a market stall, a ping pong table and a screen, all mobile (on wheels), are the elements that were positioned in the #SUPERILLA pilot project area. They could be moved by the users creating different configurations, reflecting the citizens’ desires in terms of design, hence activating the public space.
The space configurations were mapped through the use of a drone, to extract data on the space dynamics. The data were projected on the screen module during the night , offering a new point of view on space usage .
As part of the POBLEJOC installation, an augmented reality application was developed, which was used to digitally overlay information about the activities and functions of the installation.
Using a QR code, the users could download the application, freely available for Android and Apple phones, and use it to get more information on each module of the installation. By pointing their phone cameras to the physical markers of each module, digital information was overlayed on them, regarding the program and location of different activities related with the installation, as well as related general information about the city.
By introducing this digital layer to the installation, the aim was to further engage the public in both the physical and the digital layer and to provide a second level of interaction, through information and social media.
Screen tag: general info on the project; 3D model of the superilla
Bench tag: twitter feeds with the #Superilla hashtag
Pods general tag: info on urban agriculture in Barcelona
Pods specific tags (one tag per plant): nutritional value and days to grow for cauliflower, lechuga, enciam, beans
Table tennis general tag: map with sports locations around the area
Table tennis specific tags: calories burned, optimum temperature and relevant time of the day to practice for swimming, cycling, running, table tennis, volleyball
Market tag: market’s weekly schedule
> If you want to see more project pictures, please follow the link to the APS FaceBook Page
BCN SUPERILLA workshop was held at IAAC between the 5th and the 7th of September.
16 students, responding to our call for papers, learned about Basics of Computation Design, Web Data sourcing, Data Visualization, Augmented reality, Robotic Data Visualizations, Grasshopper and Environmental Data&NDVI analysis, Emergenct Design and Advanced Behaviours thanks to IAAC, CCEA, UAAV and Nuomena teachers (BCN workshop program).
The following lectures have been given:
> Activating Public Space
> Participation in Public Space
> Design Competitions for Public Space
> Environmental Principles for Public Space Design
> Fab City
The following tutorials have been given:
During the workshop the students developed the BCN installation POBLEJOC.
For updates follow this blog or our APS Facebook Page
We still have some places for participating to IAAC Workshop on Active Public Space! Don’t miss the opportunity to join us!
The call is open till the 29th of August 2016.
In order to apply please send your cv to [email protected]
For more info:
Call for applications to participate to Barcelona workshop is now open!
The workshop (September, 5th– 7th 2016) will focus on the principles, implications and applications of ICTs for urban space and will include the following modules:
The call is open till the 18th of August 2016.
In order to apply please send your cv to [email protected] providing the following information: Name / Age / Nationality / Education / Work experience / Experience in public projects & activities. Please write in the e-mail subject: BCN workshop application.
For further information: