TMC @ Shanghai World Expo 2010


What, where and when

On August 16-17 2010 The Mobile City and Virtueel Platform organized ‘Designing the Hybrid City’. This event explored the role of digital technologies in urban design. It took place in the Dutch Culture Centre in Shanghai.

Our event was part of a cluster of events called Adaptation: Designing the Future City that took place August 14-17 in the context of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

Main theme: how do digital technologies alter urban culture and change urban design?

Mobile and wireless technologies increasingly shape our urban environment and turn our cities into ‘hybrid cities’. What does this mean for urban design? How should we deal with this emerging relation between digital technologies and the city? Which approaches have already proven successful? Which experiments have the most promise? What can different disciplines involved in urban technology and interface design learn from each other? And how is the process of urban design itself changing?

We investigated 6 different themes:

  • Designing the Hybrid City
  • Everyday life in the Hybrid City
  • Engaging Hybrid Citizens
  • Identity and self-expression in the Hybrid City
  • Working in the Hybrid City
  • Art in the Hybrid City

See MainTheme for information about the program. See Program Overview for more details about the 6 themes.

Reports, videos and proceedings

We plan to publish video recordings of some of our lectures and reports about the conference in the near future on this website.