Venice was the setting for a recent exhibition presenting a series of visions depicting what it might be like to live in a future city saturated with data. The City | Data | Future exhibition, hosted for two weeks at Telecom Italia’s Future Centre, The exhibition was created by the FET Open UrbanIxD project.

"The exibition presents a series of visions, or speculations, as to what it might be like to live in a city of the near future, which is saturated with data. Each piece will question what it means for our changing relationships with the city and the citizens that comprise that city" says Michael Smyth, the Coordinator of UrbanIxD project.

The objective of UrbanIxD project is to build a self-sustaining research network in the field of Urban Interaction Design, and the exhibition questioned the changing relationship between the city and its citizens.

The exhibition consists of nine works, five of which were initiated at the UrbanIxD summer school held in Croatia in 2013. The Venice exhibition ran in conjunction with a one-day symposium that attracted over 100 people to discuss the emergent research themes in Urban Interaction Design. Dan Hill from the Future Cities Catapult, UK was the keynote speaker at the symposium.

            One of the works at the City | Data | Future exhibition


After Venice, the exhibition will travel to Croatia (Rijeka,  21 Oct - 4 Nov 2014) and Denmark (Aarhus, 17 Nov - 1 Dec 2014) and discussions are underway to exhibit the work in Ljubljana, Zagreb and Glasgow in 2015. The project coordinators at Edinburgh Napier University would be happy to hear from organisations interested in hosting the exhibition in 2015.

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