Tag archives: urbanisation

Inclusiveness through Mixed Reality

We would like to welcome guest writers to our blog. During the spring, we have had a group of four Industrial Design Engineering students from Chalmers University of Technology doing a project for us as a part of their master program. We asked them to conceptualise applications of mixed reality including haptics for use in urban settings on a city-scale. And of course, they did [ 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 [ Read more ]

Exploring the relations between near future ICTs and prosperity in Nairobi, Kenya

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There hasn’t been too much information about the activities in the UN-Habitat partnership on the blog. Fortunately, lack of activities is not the reason for this silence. It has rather been a very busy first year of the research collaboration. Anyhow, it is definitely time to write a few lines about one of the projects we have done together.

First, a short [ Read more ]

Jambo UN-Habitat!

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A few lines to announce that the collaboration with UN-Habitat now formally has started. The three-year partnership aims at combining UN-Habitat’s vast knowledge about urbanization in developing countries and framework around city prosperity with Ericsson’s vision of a networked society and thoughts around future mobile networks.

Along [ Read more ]

Report: Managing Megacities

Megacities may be congested and complex, but are also among the planet’s most exciting places to live. They have proven effective at stimulating creativity, innovation, freedom and economic development.

Today, 50 percent of the world’s population lives in cities, a figure expected to reach [ Read more ]

Urban Mobility – Student projects in Silicon Valley.

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There is increasing focus on enabling smarter cities in response to the global trend of exorbitant numbers of people moving to cities everyday. The amount of people living in cities has recently surpassed half of the world’s population, and about 500 million of them [ Read more ]

Exploring the world (out of office)

Part of the work as a user experience researcher (or a designer) is of course to get out of the office and explore the world. It is not enough to only read about things and listening to the experiences of others. Journeys into people’s everyday lives will surely give a more holistic view of practices and increase the understanding for potential users of products [ Read more ]

New Cities Summit: A holistic view on city growth and progress for all

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The first annual New Cities Summit took place in Paris in May this year, and drew city leaders, researchers, and various thinkers from all around the world. During three days, we discussed the diverse challenges that are arising from the rapid urbanization, how cities can find sustainable solutions to these challenges, [ Read more ]