The importance of bottom-up initiatives aka public engagement is feeding into the debates about what the the ever so smart ‘smart city‘ actually is (Reasons why non-architects need to get more involved in urban planning: @theurbantimes
In this beautiful TEDx talk Michiel van Iersel, founder of the Amsterdam based collective ‘Failed Architecture‘ explains how and most importantly why more and more non-architects get involved in urban planning, and what this has to do with previous generations of ’Starchitects’: He quotes Dan Hill, a visionary design researcher focused on integrating design, technology, cities, media and people – “You shouldn’t ask an architect to reflect on the future of architecture, take someone from outside that world”.
Who are these new activists and stakeholders? What are the latest tools of dealing with architecture’s new status?
One of van Iersel’s answers is a quote from a Wired article by Adam Greenfield of think tank Urbanscale:
“Digital placemaking tools etch away at the professions of architecture and urban planning, eroding their claim to sovereignty over the authorship of plan, movement and the capacity for transaction.”
Via Manu Fernandez, association concert urbain