Urbanising the Digital is a design proposition for our digital environment. It intends to empower a new generation of digital designers to build their professional practice through a comprehensive understanding of the ethical and societal ramifications of digital technology. Its key argument is that we must move away from a user-centred design paradigm with its adverse effects on the political, economic and psychological health of our societies. Its aim is to ‘civilise’ our digital environment by considering digital software as an infrastructure that accommodates millions of people’s lives. In other words, Urbanising the Digital proposes an experimental design wherein the digital environment is understood in terms of architecture and urban planning. The goal of this project is the creation of an interdisciplinary ecosystem: a platform upon which research, teaching, artistic and activities take places that revolve around the notion of Urbanising the Digital.
Can we develop a professional design practice that negotiates the ethical dimension of digital technology by adopting methods and strategies from the fields of architecture and urban planning?
The project started with developing the general theoretical framework and set up the interdisciplinary network that such a research project requires. Embracing the COVID-19 crisis, the research project has taken this moment to reflect on what digital space means for the post-COVID art ecology with the applied research for thecurrent.is platform where the MIVC graduates will transform their work onto the digital environment. This would be the first step of the (envisioned) long-term research, allowing us to apply for external funding, identify collaborators in the Netherlands as well as globally, and instigate a highly innovative design discourse at Avans through its BA and MA curriculums.
Completed research, 2019 – 2020.
Master Institute of Visual Cultures: students of Situated Design, Visual Arts and Post Contemporary Practice, and Ecology Futures, CMD ACUE, VOID lab
Avans University of Applied Sciences