n Image & Text : a Journal for Design - Design & The City
19 - 22 April 2016, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences - : conference report

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1020-1491



The conference was organised by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and was held over four days from 19 to 22 April 2016. The location of the conference was the Knowledge Mile in central Amsterdam. The Knowledge Mile is a network of academic institutions, government organisations, and citizens who have joined forces to create 'an applied research ecosystem to develop, test and display smart solutions for metropolitan challenges in the area'. Following the notion of an eco-system and the concept of the city as a living lab, the conference extended its reach beyond the conference presentations to include related activities such as labs and workshops that were held across the city. The common denominator across the various events was the need to address the topic of 'citizen-centered design approaches for the smart city'. The smart city project is defined broadly by Willem van Winden, Professor of Urban Knowledge Economy and Strategy at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and one of the conference speakers, as a collaborative innovation where urban stakeholders work together to innovate using new technology with societal and/or environmental objectives. As such, the location of the conference supported the theme owing to the number of initiatives adopted by the city to make it more inclusive.

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