Do we really know what we want? Are we even asking the right questions?
When it comes to urban planning and placemaking we hear a lot about the Smart City or Smart Building as some kind of panacea for urbanisation, pollution, inequality and many other ‘crises’ of modern humanity. But is this wholehearted, and sometimes uncritical, embrace of SMART actually WISE? Daniel Latorre from Project for Public Spaces tackled this question in the City Leader’s Summit at the Media Architecture Biennale held in Sydney. We have summarised our take on the events, of which Bruce was a panel member and presenter, in the article The Future of Public Screens: our take on MAB16 . While Daniel’s presentation is not expressly focused on lighting design his process of questioning the human impact of large scale digital interventions in public places is sobering, and something we feel all designers should be thinking about.
Daniel’s presentation focused on the importance of being critical when considering design interventions for public places and urban development. He provided key insights into his methods of outcome interrogation and planning for the unexpected impact of digital project. To listen to the podcast from Future Cities Collaborative follow the link below