More-than-human urban futures: Speculative participatory design to avoid ecocidal smart cities

Rachel Clarke, Sara Heitlinger, Marcus Foth, Carl Disalvo, Ann Light, Laura Forlano

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We propose a collective participatory speculative urban walk exploring "more-than-human" perspectives for smart cities. The walk will be a curated selection of outcomes from a PDC workshop interrogating how "more-than-human" approaches and their resultant ethical, legal, and methodological concerns can shape participatory design practices toward cohabitation. Our aim with the Situated Action is to use the walk as an embodied approach to push forward a cultural change in the agenda of sustainable smart cities, urban informatics and IoT. The walk will draw from the specificity of urban infrastructures in Hasselt associated with "more-than-human" approaches and include a selection of provisional artefacts in the form of low-fi prototypes, manifestos or future scenarios from the workshop to scaffold participation within the urban environment for conference delegates and citizens.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication22nd International Systems and Software Product Line Conference, SPLC 2018 - Proceedings
EditorsAnn Light, Carl DiSalvo, Sarah Nadi, Tomi Mannisto, Yanki Lee, Yanki Lee, Anne Marie Kanstrup, Paulo Borba, Goetz Botterweck, Thorsten Berger, David Benavides, Keld Bodker, Erik Gronvall, Liesbeth Huybrechts, Teli Maurizio
ISBN (Electronic)9781450355742, 9781450364645
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2018
Event15th Participatory Design Conference, PDC 2018 - Hasselt and Genk, Belgium
Duration: 20 Aug 201824 Aug 2018


Conference15th Participatory Design Conference, PDC 2018
CityHasselt and Genk


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