The City: Data, Technology and Design

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Call for Papers
June 28, 2021
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Economic History / Studies, Government and Public Service, Human Rights, Business History / Studies, Communication

This call seeks contrbutions from experts in urban economics, the digital economy, media and business in relation to questions of how we design and live in our cities; how cities function financially and how the economics of the digital/smart city affects the life of people. It welcomes questions on digital access, data use and misuse, digital infrastructres the future of the city as a place of physicaland digital interactions.



University of Hertfordshire

28-30 June 2021

Virtual London/Hatfield, UK

Eraly Abstracts: 30 June 2020


Later abstrcts: 01 Dec 2020 (Round 1)  |  01 Apr 2021 (Round 2)


Delegates can present virtually. The keynote will be held in London. Conference presentations will take place in the University of Hertfordshire campus in Hatfield on the outskirts of London.


Confernce publications by Intellect Books and Routledge



Today, the city is technological infused entity premised on a plethora of digital phenomena including the Internet of Things, ubiquitous computing, computer-led infrastructure, big data and AI. It is also a place designed, envisaged and increasingly built through data based digital architecture, planning and construction. Both scenarios mediate how we design and experience of the city. The result is a series of complex interactions of people, place and data and the establishment of the ‘digital city’, ‘smart buildings’ and ‘intelligent’ urbanism.

This new polemic agency of the machine informs the creative industries. A plethora of films in recent decades have built on the imaginary it offers while, in the arts, data is increasingly used as both a tool and motive for artworks. However, there are concerns. GIS, Google Maps and Facebook all offer interconnected information on urban life. They are also conduits for the collation of personal data and its misuse. Sociologists highlight the dangers of the digital dependency of future generations.  3D printed buildings threaten job losses in the construction industry. The idea of parametric urbanism is an anathema to many for whom city is a place of interpersonal interaction.

This conference seeks to explore these and related issues from a variety of discipline perspectives.


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Organisers: University of Hertfordshire, UK | Intellect Books | Routledge | AMPS | PARADE



Contact Info: 

Rachel Isaac-Menard