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“Being together in the hybrid city”, Windows for collaboration between computer science and urban planning

16 Giugno 2014, ore 11:00

Sala Seminari - Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemistica e Comunicazione, Edificio U14, Viale Sarca 336 
Relatore/i: Ileana Apostol and Panayotis Antoniadis, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ)



The virtual space created through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) overlays more and more closely the physical space of cities, contributing in the formation of a new hybrid space. Our ambitious goal is to provide concrete tools (analytical, conceptual, and practical) that will allow citizens to make informed design choices and shape the hybrid urban space according to their own needs, values and objectives ( 



For that, in this talk we provide a short parallel introduction to the fields of computer science and urban planning seen as the two highly multidisciplinary scientific domains that are responsible for the design of the virtual and the  physical space respectively. We draw analogies between the vocabulary, methodologies and ways of reasoning, and argue for the need to converge these mostly separate until today streams of research, to closely collaborate over the design principles that will guide the evolution of hybrid cities.



In the second part of the talk, we give a concrete example on how such collaborations can be instantiated through the mediation of a concrete object of design: a local wireless network operating outside the public Internet, its social software, and physical interventions which can form a hybrid space mediating between the communication of citizens residing in physical proximity. We discuss how to build on the expertise of the different disciplines involved in this context to provide design tools that can benefit from the special characteristics of wireless technology, which can grant easy access for everyone, allow to choose the desired level of anonymity and privacy, and give the means to local communities to share information and compete with global corporations such as Google and Facebook for their “right to the hybrid city”.






Further Readings


-       Apostol, I., Antoniadis, P., & Banerjee, T. (2013). Flânerie between Net and Place Promises and Possibilities for Participation in Planning. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 33(1), 20-33.

-       Antoniadis, P., & Apostol, I. (2013). The Neighbourhood Game: from behavioural economics to urban planning. In 1st International Conference on Internet Science, Brussels, Belgium.

-      Antoniadis, P., Le Grand, B., Satsiou, A., Tassiulas, L., Aguiar, R. L., Barraca, J. P., & Sargento, S. (2008). Community building over neighborhood wireless mesh networks. Technology and Society Magazine, IEEE, 27(1), 48-56.


Short bio


Ileana Apostol (Ph.D. in Planning, University of Southern California, Los Angeles) is a researcher of contemporary spatial production in western cities, with the objective to inform urban design practice and pedagogy.  In particular Ileana is interested in urban practices that mediate the boundaries between the public and the private, and allow social relations to transform dynamically. Since her doctoral studies, she proposes a dialectic take of urban research and design pedagogy that is inspired by Henri Lefebvre's theory of spatial production.


Panayotis Antoniadis received his Ph.D. degree from the Athens University of Economics and Business in 2006, and until 2012 he was a post-doc researcher at UPMC Sorbonne Universites in Paris. He is now a senior researcher at ETH Zurich. Since 2012, he is pursuing an interdisciplinary research agenda on the role of social software and wireless networks for building sustainable and convivial hybrid neighborhood communities. Home URL:



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Per informazioni:  Federico Cabitza


In archivio dal: 17/06/2014



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