Eindhoven's ambition of being a smart city in a participatory world brings with it an exciting range of conflicts and yet-to-be-named values. Het Nieuwe Instituut will facilitate the search for these values and pose a fundamental question that is simple in essence yet complex in practice: why, how, and with whom will Eindhoven’s citizens contribute to building a smart city? Het Nieuwe Instituut and the local authority are partnering out of a shared belief in the need for a multidisciplinary vision of urban development. Eindhoven’s city council views the changing social contract between government and citizens as partly a cultural issue. And Het Nieuwe Instituut values local field-testing of research into the changing, increasingly interlocking design disciplines it represents.
Embassy of Data
The Embassy of Data, a multi-day programme during the World Design Event in Eindhoven, will aim to raise awareness of the possibilities and opportunities presented by data but also the threats and inadequacies. An exhibition, a varied programme of workshops and serious games, and an international conference will introduce visitors to some of the questions around data and its often invisible impact on our everyday lives. The Embassy of Data concludes the three-year programme of De Staat van Eindhoven.
Design session DDW
During the Dutch Design Week, the DATAstudio will go looking for how we can make subjects without data visible in the digital map together with officials, designers, data experts and ordinary citizens.
Essay: Participation in the Smart City
The combination of smart technology and participation may sound promising, but the reality is fraught with perils. In this essay Evelien Tonkens, Professor of Citizenship and Humanization of the Public Sector at the University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, and member of the State of Eindhoven advisory board, explains why.
In the DATAstudio, part of the State of Eindhoven project, available data and technological possibilities are married with the reality of life in the city and local residents’ needs. What can the smart city do to enhance social life in a neighbourhood? And how might technology help to encourage citizen participation?
Being smart the smart way
Introducing smart technology at the neighbourhood level is a bit like getting married. You have to think about it carefully beforehand, since you're entering into the relationship for the long haul. In this essay, Tsjalling Swierstra, professor of the philosophy of technology at Maastricht University, describes a few problems to keep in mind as we design new sociotechnological systems.