Professor Marcus Foth and Associate Professor Glenda Amayo Caldwell were invited to be part of the panel MAB20 Livecast #2: How Media Architecture shapes our cities. Following is the video of the discussion that took place on 1 Oct, 2020, 18:30 – 19:30 CET and was hosted by Pakhuis de Zwijger
What future visions are implied in today’s urban technologies?
From media facades and urban screens, to digital platforms and smart city technologies – media architecture has increasingly shaped or cities during the past two decades. None of these technologies, however, are neutral enablers, mere decorative structures, or just simple market places. They are built upon numerous spoken and unspoken assumptions about urban life, each with their own implications for both social relations as well as their effect on the natural ecosystem. It is time therefore for the discipline of media architecture to address the implied futures of new technologies. In this livecast we will discuss the promises projected onto urban media technologies, and how professionals and researchers in (media) architecture and urban interaction design can address these implied futures both critically and constructively.