DEEP CITY: Climate Crisis, Democracy and the Digital

DEEP CITY: Climate Crisis, Democracy and the Digital

DEEP CITY Latsis symposium is gathering people from around the world to discuss and present written, built, coded, drawn, filmed, or modelled work around the topics of data, democracy and sovereignty. From digital tools for urban governance to AI and new forms of design and spatial agency, we will explore emerging negotiations between the technological, the ecological and the social.

Big data and artificial intelligence will inevitably change the way we study, build, and manage our cities. At the same time resurgent interest in consensus and contributive action seems to oppose an exclusively data-driven urbanism. Is the opposition of machine intelligence and democracy inevitable, or are shared trajectories possible? Do our disciplines currently lack adequate strategies to understand, let alone critique or exploit the knowledge-products of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big data?

Within this framework, we will host keynotes and paper presentations, as well as a range of crossing formats such as workshops and roundtables, to collectively grasp the DEEP CITY. Participants will have the chance to hear from Benjamin Bratton, Yves Citton, Keller Easterling, Shannon Mattern and many other guests and panellists.

All contributors will present their work through the DEEP CITY digital platform, an innovative interface designed to expand the possibilities of the digital through a unique use and understanding of the spatial and the embodied. Through this platform, our global audience will be able to come together to discuss and exchange. All activities will be documented and post-produced along the way, and a pamphlet publication will summarize the main outcomes at the end of the event.

The Symposium will stream from the EPFL Campus in Lausanne, from March 24th to 26th 2021, with parallel and common activities in partner sites Singapore (in collaboration with SUTD Singapore University of Technology and Design) and Hong Kong (in collaboration with Hong Kong University).

Attendance is by registration. All details and fees can be found on the symposium’s website.

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Cite: "DEEP CITY: Climate Crisis, Democracy and the Digital" 23 Feb 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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