I'm a Creative Technologist who applies his passion and experience in prototyping, engineering, deploying and evaluating technology among urban communities. Together with citizens, I transform neighborhoods into dynamic kitchens for cooking up social and situated technologies that aim to solve contextual challenges and highlight local qualities.
In recent years, various digital media have been introduced in public space to facilitate communication with and among citizens. Typical examples include public displays, but extends to more abstract forms such as integrated media facades. While most media are introduced to serve commercial, cultural or economic interests, the social and societal values are often undervalued. This talk, held in conjunction with the Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab Symposium organized by iMal (Centre for Digital Cultures and Technology, Brussels, Belgium), discusses the qualities and challenges of involving citizens in the design of media interventions in the urban environment, and situates itself across research, design and practice.