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Urban Interaction Design: Towards City Making

Urban_Interaction_Design_ Towards_City_Making_by_Urban_IxDHow do you describe emerging trends within a forming field? In this book, you will find a distilled conversation, filtered through the collective and embodied practises and experiences of eight diverse individuals. The book is an attempt to characterise and discuss the emerging trends within urban interaction design, freely available for anyone to read, reflect upon and improve.

Urban interaction design is not only about the coming together of various disciplines in addressing urban developments, but also about finding new relations between professional designers, academics, policy makers and citizens, in a shift that we may describe as moving from a process of ‘˜city management’ to one of ‘˜city making’ .

This book is an effort to explore the newly emerging field of urban interaction design that addresses these issues. In the first part of the book, ‘Foundations’, we look into its origins. Where do its practitioners come from? How are they working together? What methodologies do they bring to the table? What are the key concepts they are addressing in their work? In the second part of the book named ‘Trends’, we go into current developments in the networked city and how urban interaction design as a field addresses these. Taken together, these sections will not give the definite definition or overview of this field. But hopefully there’s enough in here to convincingly claim that the further development of the field matters.

Urban interaction design matters as we move towards city making, because we want to make interesting, desirable, inclusive, and safe cities for people to live, flourish, and take pride in.


  • Martin Brynskov – PhD, associate professor in interaction technologies at Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Juan Carlos Carvajal Bermúdez – Architect, M.Sc., Columbia/Austria
  • Manu Fernández – Researcher, blogger and consultant, Human Scale City, Bilbao, Spain
  • Henrik Korsgaard – PhD fellow, Computer Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Ingrid Mulder – PhD, research professor at Creating010, Rotterdam University, and Associate Professor of design techniques at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Katarzyna Piskorek – Urban planner, Department of Spatial Planning, WrocÅ‚aw University of Technology, Poland
  • Lea Rekow – Founding Director, Green My Favela, Rio de Janeiro, PhD, USA/Brazil/Australia
  • Martijn de Waal – PhD, assistant professor, Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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