City of Experiences
workshop – 90 min | Feb 4 – 15:00
A collaborative timelining exercise to explore the past, present and future experiences of the city.
Confluence is defined as the process of merging. As we enter the 21st century the experience of life in the contemporary has surpassed the classic development models of the 20th century. We are living in a fluid existence between the virtual and physical worlds. This existence is shaping alternative modes of how we exist, providing us with the potential to manage and create multiple existences and stories, which shape how we want to be seen and understood.
This opens new possibilities for an alternative City of Experiences that are untapped if we do not explore the confluence of these two worlds and our multiple forms of being that are shaping new ways of living. The major issue we face is how to adapt and understand the ideologies, structures and systems in this new way of living and how will they follow us into the future? How do we extend the definition of cities to encompass the experiences of the invisible cities that extend beyond physical infrastructure.
Through a creative, collaborative workshop, we will leverage UX methodologies to identify contradictions of the past that can become leading ideas of the future. Contradiction will act as a design strategy for the future, design is the mediator of contradictions, and experiences become the guide for planning cities.
About the speakers
Department of Unusual Certainties / Institute without Boundaries, George Brown College
Christopher Pandolfi is a designer and educator with a background in urban planning and design strategy. Through media including lecture, public engagement, installation, publication, spatial design and more, Christopher has explored topics such as the public, the city and technology, with a focus on research, narrative and intentionally created experiences. He is a strong advocate that design and design methods have an important role to play in helping shape the future of society.
Institute without Boundaries, George Brown College
Robert is a design strategist, researcher and educator in Toronto. He has a background in architecture, urban planning and interdisciplinary design strategy. Since joining the IwB in 2012, he has planned, designed and facilitated design workshops, exhibitions and special projects around the world including collaborations with Triennale di Milano, Expo Milano, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Danish Architecture Centre and Parsons The New School (NYC).