As part of the GloNet 2010 conference, each of the four remote international events addresses a specific theme in relation to the overall festival theme.
Sendai : Creative Cities
Istanbul : Urban Growth in an Age of Networks
Sao Paulo : Transitory Geographies
Vancouver : Open Data
An introduction to São Paulo, Brazil.
Theme: Transitory Geographies
Starting from an image of Brazil as a potential country of the future, and focusing on real issues common to a city such as São Paulo, we question the fabrication of contemporaneity based on progress and futurity as well as models of entrepreneurship often ignoring local processes and identity. Within this context we inquire on initiatives of how new configurations of public space become possible through citizen participation and the use of recent mediating technologies. We need stronger and assertive experiences dealing with social reality, allowing new models for interacting with the city and communication within the city, improving quality of life and focusing on the tangible present and near-future. This theme investigates imaginary mapping, provisory cartographies, gentrification, vague and/or ambiguous territories and reconstructed landscapes and other relevant issues to megacities such as São Paulo.
An introduction to Vancouver, Canada.
Theme: Open Data
The Open Data movement strives to ensure that information in our rapidly expanding data-driven world is made open and accessible. Our cities today are engines for generating and archiving data. It is the lifeblood of a modern technologised society. Opening up these public datasets offers an opportunity to reconnect people with the democratic process through more transparent governance. It also offers the chance for a more efficient dialogue between citizen and state. The process of opening up this information is not without its challenges, but by getting as many voices around the table as possible, the Open Data movement can lead to new forms of representation, social interaction and innovation. In Manchester, FutureEverything is leading the charge to make Manchester one of the first Open Data Cities in the UK. In Vancouver the principles of the open data movement are being pursued by engaging directly with local government.
The introduction to Sendai, Japan features an original song by electronica group antennasia.
Theme: Creative Cities
The creative industries are changing the face of cities around the world. In Sendai, warehouses and wholesale facilities are now being used for creative office sharing, dance/theatre training, live music practice, meetings, and as offices for design companies. The re-design of cities is creative in and of itself, creating places where new ventures can flourish. What does the next level of co-development and re-design look like? What is the role for creative companies and individuals in re-shaping their cities, beyond regeneration?
A short introduction to Istanbul, Turkey, and our GloNet partners there.
Urban Growth in an Age of Networks
Across the globe, cities expand and contract; thrive and decline; become dense and sprawl out. Istanbul, one of the key cities in the history of civilisation, also has the fifth most populous city centre in the world. Contending with the many problems and questions of rapid economic and social growth, like many of its counterparts across the globe, technology has an ever-growing presence in the social and political life of the city. From online networks to e-government, and traffic cameras to digitally monitored and managed public spaces, Istanbul's growth has an undeniably technological dimension. This is a new situation, which demands that we rethink many concepts we employ to interpret urban reality. What do we mean when we say "growth", and which benefits and pitfalls come with it, in the age of ever-evolving social technologies and government? How can we interrogate the fantasy and the reality of urban growth in a technologised context? Can our increasing social engagement with each other through technology play a role in how we cope with, understand, and manage urban growth?