Unknown 2

Reframing Digital Placemaking

Monday 21 - Friday 25 September

The Digital Placemaking Fellows share ideas, insights and key themes to emerge from a year of deep thinking about possible future directions for Digital Placemaking.

At its core, digital placemaking aims to enhance and deepen the relationship between people and places. Over the last year the Digital Placemaking Fellows have explored this idea and questions about belonging, safety, hope and power in both private and public spaces as they tried to think in new ways, reframing the relationship between our digital and physical realms in the 21st Century.

Their time together has involved some of the most rigorous, inspiring and interesting conversations that we have ever been a part of, imagining clocks that look like maps, stories that shift with the weather, and invisible networks made material and reconfigurable. These conversations have acquired a new urgency and even greater importance in light of recent events and the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the significant changes to our daily lives as a result of the global pandemic.

Join us as they share the outcomes of those conversations; sharing live and recorded online content including talks, podcasts, illustrations and social media takeovers to introduce their findings and pose questions for the future of what Digital Placemaking could and should be.

The following programme of content will be available from 9am on Monday 21 September:

Monday 21st September – Digital Placemaking Fellows in conversation with Prof. Jon Dovey

A filmed conversation between the Programme Director, Prof. Jon Dovey and the Digital Placemaking Fellows reflecting on the research journey, shifts in their thinking, experiences and outcomes during their time on the Digital Placemaking pathfinder. These conversations will be accompanied by illustrations from Gary Embury.

21st – 25th – Daily Twitter Take Overs @Bristol_BathRD

Join each of the Digital Placemaking Fellows as they introduce themselves and their research and pose questions of where that fits within the wider context of their work. Over this week our feed will be alive with conversations including digital interventions that create spaces of care, future dreaming experiments for alternative built environments and how lived experiences of individuals can be included in conversations around policy making and public services. You can take part in the discussion by following @Bristol_BathRD

Live event: Friday 25th September 1pm: Pervasive Media Studio Lunchtime Talk – Localising the Internet

Around the world, corporate giants are aligning with governments and Local Authorities to create new “smart” digitally enabled streets, waterfronts and even new build cities. But where does the local community fit in, if at all? This talk will consider the perspectives of Digital Placemaking Fellows, Roseanna Dias & Stephen Hilton and Industry Partner, Mike Rawlinson, Director, City ID and lead on Digital Placemaking prototype, Popmap. Join us as they discuss localising the Internet and what a local digital city might mean to Bristol, Bath and beyond.