“Error is a unique moment of demystification, which shows the material reality of technology” - Katía Truijen

Digital Toolkit

The Digital Toolkit theme focused on discussing how the language of technology influences the way we live. Explore the process, ideas and debates around this topic which took place at the event through the detailed round table and workshop results below.



New technologies and media relate to digital governance, e-learning, information, automation, hacking, artificial intelligence, algorithms and the way we spend free time. To understand their impact we need to take a closer look at the growing hybridisation of urban space and digital media, and its effect on mobility, information access, data management, empowerment, privacy and surveillance.

Marco Brizzi, Alex Fabregas, Inte Gloerich, Jacopo Marello, Pierre Paslier, Tim Terpstra, Katía Truijen 


humanism, holistic knowledge, demystification, echo chamber, crowd building, error, seamless

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During several workshop sessions spread over 2 days and two thematic sections (words & stories) groups of participants collectively reflected on the changes in contemporary vocabulary, the ways in which they influence the discourse on the relationship between the urban environment and nature, and explored possibilities of actively shaping both the way we communicate and live.


compatibility, innovative governance, accountability, smart social infrastructure, empowerment, disrupting digital superpowers, hacking, surveillance, effciency, politics of algorithms, immediacy

Taking as a starting point the shortlist of terms submitted through the open call the workshop focused on refining that list and defining core terms and concepts, which were used in the following two workshop sessions: 'terms on trial' and 'narratives'. The selection process and discussion within the group and between the groups was the starting point to exchange different readings and pick most interesting terms to be discussed in detail in the following sessions.



Terms on trial workshop focused on debating layered meanings and associations of terms that are used and abused in contemporary urban discourse. The New Ecologies team selected terms: compatibility and immediacy. Those were passed on to two independent groups who respectively prosecuted and defended the terms as if they were on trial. The public vote determined which arguments were more convincing.



What is the lived experience of a ‘immediacy’? How is ‘compatibility’ experienced in the central square of our future city? What kind of character and what kind of story could illustrate that? We asked the workshop participants to paint an imaginary picture of how these terms could be experienced as tangible outcomes. How can they shape the world we live in? Each group worked with 4 terms (one per each category: New Ecologies, Urban Assets, Digital Toolkit and New Collectives) in 4 cycles of collective writing.

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