The International Perspectives (tIP) consist of a series of seven public lectures with inspiring international speakers, and seven private expert meetings, which displays inspiring examples of urban functions in the metropoles of the world. The series will take place from September 2o11 to March 2o12 and are organised around 7 themes: cultural clusters, knowledge clusters, flagship developments, self-organising city, social network city, international organisations and attractive city.
tIP is organised in cooperation with the various universities in Randstad Holland. The tIP results will be input for the final debate and a publication, both planned for spring 2o12
Related project: P23_Defining the Metropolis
2o11, Randstad Holland, The Netherlands
What makes a big city a metropolis; its sublime location, its metro system, its inspiring history, its concentration of headquarters, its multicultural population or its exciting nightlife? Defining the Metropolis is a design research which investigates the development of the metropolis. By examining several aspects of metropolitan development - at an international, regional and local scale - Association Deltametropolis in collaboration with the universities situated in the Randstad Holland acquires more insight into the possible further development of the Randstad Holand.
More thought given to the further development of the Randstad Holland - an urbanised area of 8 million inhabitants - from the angle of what appeals to people in a metropolis is needed. The population growth of the Randstad Holland is expected to occur by immigration and migration of youngsters out of the periphery into the cities. For these groups employment, education, acquaintances and kindred spirits are the main reasons for staying. If the Randstad Holland is to compete with other urban agglomerations employment, housing and facilities must be of top reputation.
Related project: P27_the International Perspectives
2o1o, Randstad Holland, The Netherlands
Christian Licoppe is Head of the Social Science Department and Professor of Sociology at Telecom Paris-Tech. Christian Licoppe has been researching the influence and potentials of locative media and games on ‘real’ urban environments. From a sociological standpoint, he has looked at the technological side of urban space, combining ‘real’ versus virtual worlds and seeing whether this combination offers a new way of social interaction. He argues that these new forms of social media can produce new environments of interaction, where urban public places can transform into ‘hybrid ecologies’.
Photo by Fred Ernst
“Locative media can be defined as media in which people interact with some kind of locative awareness. In other words, locative media always involves some configurative media in which people disclose their location.”
“A hybrid ecology manages and incorporates the interplay between a digital positional awareness of space in relation to a real, physical experience of place.”
“After all, in both places, the norm is to not address strangers in public places. The main difference between the way in which the game was played in Tokyo and Paris thus lies in the way that people made exceptions to the rule.”"The research has shown that multiple types of encounter are possible in hybrid ecologies. Digital encounters can take on many different forms in proximity-aware games and these can potentially change behavioural and mobility practices in urban public places. Location clearly has a great influence on the behavioural patterns when it comes to these games, as seen in both the Japan and France cases. The potential of these games can therefore really give us a new understanding of urban surroundings and its use."
The report of the lecture and expert meeting held at the Utrecht University on October 13 and 14, 2011. can be downloaded here.