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City, ICTS and women's perspective. (2017)

COMMUNICATION IN CONGRESS: (Communication in conference)

Title: City, ICT and women's perspective.

  • Author(s): Angelique Trachana.
  • Conference's title: ''VIII International Art and City Days''.
  • Place: Madrid, Spain.
  • Summary: From an architectural perspective, we are today aware of the need to renew intervention practices in the public space. Traditional urban design methods directed from public institutions and the global city model are leading to participatory and cooperative practices thanks to new communication tools.  The role of architects is changing radically being mediation between various disciplines and engineering, in particular, their role renewed beyond author design. Architectural design goes from a consumer product to socially constructed. We are undoubtedly witnessing an extension of their competences, the staffing of teams with a new implementation of information, interaction, production, registration, association and knowledge transfer that profoundly changes the contexts of Work.  New information and communication technologies (ICTs) generate a new culture that focuses citizens as an active agent and allows for the mapping of new urban complexity through big data and connectivity, so that information management is make it a decisive factor in the shift towards a potentially more balanced city. It is no longer so much the spatial form of the city, as before, that matters most but the process of building the city that also implies the temporal plane as a space lived and perceived by the citizen; diversity and the integration of social groups, by age, gender, ethnicities and cultures, in their ways of thinking, feeling, imagining, working on their daily events.  The technological implementation of the spaces where we develop also has profound effects on multiple areas of knowledge, communications and life experience. The future of cities due to an urban design implemented by the TICs will have important social and economic consequences. In this area, the gender perspective as the principle chosen to support equality-based social and economic progress in Europe (Horizon 2020, Article 15) prompts us to propose a study that integrates gender analysis and research around some parameters and variables of the innovative design of the public city space. This seems to us a key moment to re-examine the situation of women in a restructured environment through the relationships of science and technology.
  • Keywords: Public space; urban design; communication, mediation; Feminism.
  • Abstract: From an architectural point of view, we are now aware of the need to renew the intervention practices in the public space. Traditional methods of urban design led by public institutions and the model of the global city are giving place to participatory and cooperative practices thanks to the new communication tools.
     The role of the architects is radically changing, becoming the mediation between various disciplines and engineering, in particular, their renewed role and, in so doing, overcoming the traditional authored design's creations. Architecture gets transformed, in such a way, from a mere consumer's product to a social construct, which means an extension of its scope, the provision of teams by new information, interaction, production, registration, association and transfer of knowledge instrumentation that profoundly change the working contexts.
     The new information and communication technologies (ICT) generate a new culture that focuses on the citizen as an active agent and allows to map the new urban complexity thanks to the big data and connectivity. So that the information management becomes a decisive factor of change towards a potentially more balanced city. It is no longer so much the spatial shape of the city, as heretofore, what matters most, but rather the process of construction of the city which also involves the temporal plan as a space lived and perceived by the citizen; the diversity and integration of social groups by age, gender, ethnicity and culture and their ways of thinking, feeling, imagining, working in their daily life.
     The technological implementation of the spaces where our daily live unfolds has also profound effects on multiple areas of knowledge, communications and life experience. The future of the cities due to an urban design implemented by the TICs will have important social and economic consequences. In this area, the gender perspective is the chosen criterion by the European Commission (Horizon 2020, article 15) to support the social and economic progress necessary to arrive at a more balanced and equalitarian society. The aim of this paper is to propose a research that integrates both, parameters and variables related to innovative design for cities' public spaces and also gender analysis. We believe the current moment is an important occasion to re-examine the situation of women in a restructured environment through its relations with science and technology
  • Keywords: Public space; urban design; communication; mediation; feminism.

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