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Sentient Rotterdam Workshop – 6 Nov 2009

October 20, 2009

via Mobile City blog

On Friday Nov 6th The Mobile City organizes the Sentient Rotterdam Workshop, in collaboration with Mark Shepard. The workshop takes place as part of the Connectivity Program at the International Architectural Biennale at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

where: Netherlands Architecture Institute Rotterdam

when: Friday November 6th 2009

12:00-17:00 Workshop introduction and sessions

17:00-19:00 Public presentation + opening exhibit Sentient City Survival Kit.

registration deadline: Monday October 27th 0:00 hours GMT

Registration form can be found here


Computing has left the desktop and spills out onto the sidewalks, streets and public spaces of the city. Information processing is increasingly embedded in the material fabric of everyday urban space. We approach an age of urban information systems capable of sensing and responding to events and activities transpiring around them. This is the ‘Sentient City‘. What does this emerging Sentient City mean for urban culture? Few people will quibble about ’smart’ traffic light control systems that more efficiently manage mobility. Some may be irritated when discount coupons for their favorite espresso drink are beamed to their mobile phone as they pass by Starbucks. Many are likely to protest when they are denied passage through a subway turnstile because the system ’senses’ that their purchasing habits, mobility patterns and current galvanic skin response (GSR) reading happens to match the profile of a terrorist.


How might we envision new technologies and ways of using them that are capable of enacting new urban organizations and spatial experiences that are diverse, sustainable and dynamic?

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