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Building the Public City: the Fak’ugesi chapter

Building the Public City is a project run by the City of Johannesburg that tries to solve public space challenges like disconnected communities, insecurity, and lack of civic participation. The project will propose ways to better integrate design and participation processes in Johannesburg. One of the prioritised areas is Braamfontein, a vibrant part of the central city. The area has poor public spaces in terms of both [ Read more ]

Mixed reality and dialogues about future urban plans and developments

During the last years, we have together with both internal and external partners explored various aspects of ICT and sustainable urbanism. The ambition with the activities described here are also to continue to develop concepts and strategies within this broader theme, and to concretize what kind of values that new technologies might bring. It is still very much research-in-progress, so [ Read more ]

Maji Wazi – exploring how digital technologies can support access to water in slum areas in Nairobi

Informal water point in Mathare

We have recently concluded an exploratory research project together with UN-Habitat (United Nations Programme for Human Settlements) and Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (responsible for water distribution in the Nairobi area). The project’s main ambition was to explore how digital technologies can support access to water in slum areas in Nairobi, and the primary research was [ Read more ]

Sustainability – the ultimate ICT purpose?

During the last years there has been a growing interest in using technology and ICT services to make people and organizations aware of alternative ways of looking upon their practices, and thereby inspire them to change behavior (a topic that my colleague Anna wrote about in a previous blog post). One of the main themes has been to support a development towards [ Read more ]

Goodbye dear product (it’s not you it’s me) – A few thoughts on the value of things.

Some objects become more important to us than others. There are lots of different reasons for why a thing become important to someone, but sentimentality and uniqueness are obvious factors. We observed another not so obvious factor in studies around the world when we investigated understanding and attitudes toward a UI-concept for smart networked products: When an object is [ Read more ]