Hybrid City is an international biennial event dedicated to exploring the emergent character of the city and the potential transformative shift of the urban condition, as a result of ongoing developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and of their integration in the urban physical context. It aims to promote dialogue and knowledge exchange among experts drawn from academia, as well as researchers, artists, designers, advocates, stakeholders and decision makers, actively involved in addressing questions on the nature of the technologically mediated urban activity and experience. The second installment of the Hybrid City, that took place in 2013 boasted seven keynote speakers, sixty-eight paper presentations and diverse parallel events, that were documented in the printed volume of proceedings.
Hybrid City Conference 2015 in Athens, Greece will consist of three days of paper presentations, panel discussions, workshops and satellite events, under the theme “Data to the People”. The events are organized by the University Research Institute of Applied Communication (URIAC), in collaboration with New Technologies Laboratory, of the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, of the University of Athens. The main venue of the conference is the central, historic building of the University of Athens, while workshops, projects’ presentations and parallel events will take place in other University venues and collaborating centers and institutions, in the center of Athens
So far in the 21st century, we have experienced a multi-faceted crisis that’s challenging the current structural paradigm at a global scale. This crisis is not only economic; it is also social, political and environmental. As such, it has a very prominent urban dimension, exposing cities to a diverse spectrum of distress. Acute natural disasters -earthquakes, fires, or phenomena related to climate change; floods, severe snowfall, fires etc.- precarious access to basic resources such as food and water, lack of opportunities for employment, inefficient social services, e.g. healthcare and education, along with ever increasing unforeseeable acts of violence –a complex and manifold phenomenon on its own right- render living in urban areas vulnerable.
The third Hybrid City Conference seeks to investigate Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) as means of supporting more Sustainable Cities and Resilient, Self-Reliant Communities and for empowering Citizens. By proclaiming “Data to the People” the Hybrid City Conference adopts a citizen centered approach and seeks to highlight bottom-up projects and initiatives and processes of technological mediation, which assist individuals, communities and cities in responding and adapting to challenges. The Hybrid City Conference aims to offer insights into the complexity of factors that weaken the city fabric and affect urban wellbeing. Furthermore, it aims to investigate the potential of ICTs to support proactive and collective design towards future cities, focusing on real needs and away from a smart-everything rhetoric.
Hybrid City cordially invites papers both employing a theoretical and/or a practical approach that present concepts, case studies, projects, works of art and best practices promoting the discussion on the theme. Emphasizing the inherently interdisciplinary nature of technologically mediated urban activity, we welcome proposals discussing concepts or documenting projects of urban innovation, that through originality contribute to shaping the future of the hybrid city and offer useful insights to the hybridization process of the urban environment.
Submissions may critically examine the following topics, or suggest other relevant lines of research within the Hybrid City context:
- Environmental sensing and the Internet of things: regaining control
- Open urban data, capturing and visualization
- Environmental perception, cognition, immersion and presence in the context of hybrid urban spaces
- Psychosocial perspectives into the impact of locative and pervasive media use
- Placemaking, place attachment and place identity in the hybrid city
- New public spaces: From creative spatial re-use to urban farming
- Peer to peer urbanism: From open source to doing it with others
- Collaborative economies and sharing cities practices
- Urban self-reliance: Alternative collectives and support networks
- Resilience and sustainability: Emerging citizen-driven toolkits, methodologies and prototypes
- Artworks, and urban interventions for citizen empowerment
- Transmedia location-aware storytelling
- Performative bodies, gendered spaces and technofeminism in the Hybrid City
- Infrastructural fails and alternative communication systems: Critical perspectives and responses to stacktivism
- Autonomous, offline file-sharing and communication networks
- Open hardware and sustainability
Dimitris Charitos, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, University of Athens, Greece.
Michael Meimaris, Professor at the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, University of Athens, Greece.
Daphne Dragona, Curator / Researcher, Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, University of Athens, Greece.
Mike Phillips, Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at Plymouth University, UK, Director of Research at i-DAT.org and a Principal Supervisor for the Planetary Collegium.
Iouliani Theona, Architect / Researcher, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Greece.
Penny Travlou, Lecturer in Cultural Geography and Theory at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh, UK.
Martijn de Waal, Researcher on Citizen Empowerment at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Assistant Professor at the department of Media studies at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Panayotis Antoniadis, Senior Researcher, Communications Systems Group, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
Vassilis Bourdakis, Architect, Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly, Greece.
Nikolaos Bubaris, Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, University of the Aegean, Greece.
Kostas Daflos, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Greece.
Katerina Diamantaki, Adjunct Faculty, Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus.
Sophia Drakopoulou, Senior Lecturer, School of Media and Performing Arts, Middlesex University, UK.
Andreas Floros, Assistant Professor, Department of Audiovisual Arts, Ionian University, Greece.
Dimitris Gouscos, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, University of Athens, Greece.
Achilles Kameas, Associate Professor, School of Science and Technology, Hellenic Open University, Greece.
Denisa Kera, Assistant Professor, Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Eric Kluitenberg, Independent Theorist and Writer / Researcher, Art Science Interfaculty, The Hague, Netherlands.
Vasilis Kostakis, Political Economist, Founder of the P2P Lab, Senior Research Fellow, Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.
Michiel de Lange, Part-time Lecturer in New Media Studies, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, Co-founder of The Mobile City, Netherlands.
Georgios Lepouras, Associate Professor, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Peloponnese, Greece.
Polixeni Mantzou, Associate Professor, Department of Architectural Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.
Irene Mavrommati, Assistant Professor, School of Applied Arts, Hellenic Open University, Greece.
Kostas Mourlas, Associate Professor, Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, University of Athens, Greece.
Dietmar Offenhuber, Assistant Professor, Department of Art+Design and Public Policy, Northeastern University, USΑ.
Giorgos Papakonstantinou, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly, Greece.
Martin Rieser, Visiting Professor, Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England, UK.
Maria Roussou, Interaction Designer, Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Athens, Greece.
Chris Speed, Chair of Design Informatics, School of Design, University of Edinburgh, UK.
Athena Stavridou, Lecturer, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Greece.
Georgios Styliaras, Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies, University of Patras, Greece.
Katharine Willis, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Design and Environment, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Plymouth, UK.
Socrates Yiannoudes, Lecturer, School of Architectural Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Greece.
Nikoleta Yiannoutsou, Senior Researcher, Educational Texhnology Lab, University of Athens, HCI Group, University of Patras, Greece.
Ioannis Zannos, Professor, Department of Audio & Visual Arts, Ionian University, Greece.
Content editing, Iouliani Theona
Web design & development, Penny Papageorgopoulou
Cover design of Hybrid City Proceedings, PH!D
Secretarial support, Roula Lavva
Technical support, Vassilis Kourtis