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Citizens Interactive Behaviour in the Performance of the Urban Space of Cohabitacion. Interactive Atlas of Urban Habitability. (2012)

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Title: Interactive behavior of citizens in the performance of the urban space of coexistence. Interactive urban habitability atlas. (2012)

  • Author(s): Angelique Trachana, Atxu Amann Alcocer and Javier Fco. Raposo Grau.
  • Magazine (magazine): Spaces and flows: an international journal of urban and extraurban extraurban studies.
  • Pages: 18.
  • ISSN: 2154-8676.
  • Summary: The article shows a number of contemporary phenomena related to urban space and the increasing interactivity of citizens on the network. The sources for theory and reflection are related to the ongoing research project "Interactive Urban Atlas", which is based on citizen participation in the sensitive description of the urban environment. It addresses a classification of variables related to the desires of urban habitability. The project is a continuous and open process feasible through communication and socialization spaces and through the work of collecting data sources, other projects and related initiatives, whether governmental, corporate or civic. Our proposal is to organize and display all this data in an online platform that offers citizens and public administrations the sensitive variables that define urban space for both the uses of citizens and for the city planning. Thanks to the technology available, it is now possible to create this platform for the interactive generation and reception of urban information. It would reveal possibilities to optimize existing uses and to promote better and more intensive forms by improving habitability and coexistence. We were not referring to commercial uses, but to any kind of use related to the spatial needs of vital, daily, recreational and social variables. The development of a corpus of data derived from subjective descriptions of citizens' desires would have enormous potential to gain knowledge of an environment. Such data could complement and improve geospatial information managed and used for a more sensitive transformation of urban space. We have come to this conclusion after studying a number of paradigms that link network interaction and urban transformation, as well as open platforms that provide information to citizens. This article discusses the new paradigms with contemporary thinking on ICT and with the vision of the city expressed by authors such as Baudelaire (1863), Walter Benjamin (1998), Georg Simmel, Guy Debord (1967), Constant (1974), Henri Lefebvre (1978), Richard Richard Richard Sennett (1997), Paul Ricoeur (2000), Zygmunt Bauman (2007), Pascal Nicolas-Le Strat (2006), Manuel Delgado (2007), Antonio Negri (2010) and, of course, "The Reinvention of Everyday Life, "by Michel De Certeau (1999).
  • Keywords: Citizen participation, desire, urban habitability, networks, sensitive description, project, planning.
  • Abstract: The article shows a range of contemporary phenomena linked with urban space and the increasing citizens' interactivity in the network. The sources for theory and reflection are related to the ongoing research project "Interactive Atlas ofurban habitability" which is based on citizen participation in the sensitive description of the urban environment. It addresses a classification of variables related to the desires ofurban habitability. The project is an ongoing and open process feasible through communication and socialization spaces and through work in compiling sources ofdata, other related projects and initiatives, be they, governmental, corporate, or civic. Our proposal consists in organizing and displaying all this data in an online platform thatprovides citizens and public administrations with the sensitive variables that defines urban space for both citizen uses and city planning. Thanks to the available technology, is already possible to créate this platform for interactive generation and reception of urban information. It would reveal possibilities for optimizing the existing uses and for promoting better and more intensive ways by improving living and coexistence. We weren't referring to mercantile uses, but any kinds of uses connected with spatial needs about vital, daily, recreational, and social variables. The subjective development ofa data corpus derived from descriptions ofthe citizens' desires would have enormous potential for gaining knowledge of an environment. Such data could complement and enhance the geospatial information managed and used for a more sensitive transformation of the urban space. We have come to this conclusion after studying a number of paradigms linking network interaction and urban transformation, as well as open platforms that provide information to citizens. This article addresses new paradigms with both contemporary thinking on ICT and through the vision ofthe city expressed by authors such as Baudelaire (1863), Walter Benjamin (1998), Georg Simmel, Guy Debord (1967), Constant (1974), Henri Lefebvre (1978), Richard Richard Sennett (1997), Paul Ricoeur (2000), Zygmunt Bauman (2007), Pascal Nicolas-Le Strat (2006), Manuel Delgado (2007), Antonio Negri (2010) and, ofcourse, "The Reinvention of Life, " by Michel De Certeau (1999).
  • Key words: Citizen participation, desire, urban habitability, networks, sensitive description, project, planning.
  • Link: http://oa.upm.es/19779/

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