The workshops are aimed at students and professionals coming from the fields of architecture, urbanism, design and engineering. Each participant in the workshops will develop technological skills and get a deep understanding of parametric and sustainable design, new smart and sustainable materials for construction and the potentials of different hardware and software applications in public space. Additionally, participants will get a deep understanding on citizen participation in the design, programming and time-occupation of public space. By the end of the workshop participants will have a global comprehension of the design and development of Active Public Space and Smart City Projects based in real-life environments. They will learn how to make projects that integrate the design of active public space, citizen interaction and participation and the technologies of information, developing technical, social and economic skills.

Prague Workshop – Outcomes

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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:

Online-Sharing-GPS

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.

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Prague Workshop – Open call for applications

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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:

-Urban Movement
-Diverse City
-Bottom-up Impact

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!

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If you are ready to join us, fill in the application form. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSebpyjnpbpTc2t4zqZnjjdCjbldiNugQITrOKJllUUDS5O_rQ/viewform?usp=send_form

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