Ellis Buis: Design & The City, Amsterdam - from 19 until 22 April.

In 2016, the year of Dutch EU chairmanship, the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and the Knowledge Mile, organise an innovative programme: the four-days conference Design & The City is one of the main events. Martijn de Waal, renown ‎Researcher Urban Media & Citizen Empowerment at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool van Amsterdam), is chief producer of this event.
Design & The City explores citizen-centered design approaches for the smart city. Central theme is the role of design(ers) to create opportunities and practices for citizens, (social) entrepreneurs and policy makers towards more liveable, sustainable and sociable urban futures. How can citizens meaningfully be engaged in the process of city making? What new social processes and business models do we need for the future of city making? And in what way changes the role of the professional in the process of city making, and which new design methodologies, approaches and roles they have taken on towards the creation of a sociable smart city.

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