Fak’ugesi festival workshop coming up!
On September 8-9 we’ll be co-hosting a workshop on community led city planning with the help of ICT as part of the African Digital Innovation Festival, Fak’ugesi.
From the festival website:
Since 2012, Mojang, the makers of Minecraft, and UN-Habitat, the United Nations programme for sustainable cities, have been collaborating on an innovative programme in which Minecraft is used as a community participation tool in the design of urban public spaces. /.../ Ericsson Research's Strategic Design team is working on a mixed reality application to present a live view of the community's design proposals in context, that is, out in the park or on the street. Selected design outcomes will be interpreted by Wits Architecture students for a showcase to be presented during the Fak'ugesi Festival.
Since a few years back we have been doing our work guided by the theme "ICT and sustainable urbanism" (a theme we'll cover in upcoming posts), something that has led us into several collaborations and projects. One such long term collaboration is with UN-Habitat with whom we have done several joint activities, such as a project on how ICT can be a driver of urban prosperity, how digital technologies can support access to water in slum areas in Nairobi, and lately a particular focus on ICT as a tool for collaborative urban planning with the help of mixed reality.
As always, please get in touch before or at the festival if you have any questions or just simply want to have a chat. And please do sign up for the workshop. See you in Johannesburg!