CyberParks Finals: co-creation, big data, and the future of digitally enhanced public spaces

CyberParks Finals
co-creation, big data, and the future of
digitally enhanced public spaces


ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Siemensstrasse 27 - 10551 Berlin, Germany


The final event of the COST Action TU1306 CyberParks: Fostering Knowledge about the Relationship between Information and Communication Technologies and Public Spaces is an international and interdisciplinary scientific conference that invites both scholars and practitioners to reflect on how information and communication technologies (ICT) re-configurate the production and use of public space(s). Thinking within the conceptual nexus between the notions of place, technology, and society, the CyberParks network reflects on the innovations, potentials, and productive patterns that ICTs are introducing to the design/creation, use, and management of public spaces. In the conference, the results of the 4-years network will be discussed and paired with invited keynote lectures, a Pecha Kucha presentation of design projects addressing the relation between digital media and public spaces, and a workshop conducted with the Flussbad Berlin project.


The keynote speeches address two issues of the CyberParks agenda in particular: firstly the conflict between data privacy/sovereignty and the institutional and/or private ownership of data and digital infrastructure under the paradigm of what has come to be called platform capitalism. And secondly, in accord with CyberParks' objective of fostering practical solutions, the implementation of networked e-mobilty in the infrastructural and public spaces of cities.

  1. Dr Benjamin Seibel "Smart City Berlin"
    Technologie Stiftung Berlin.DE
  2. Prof Mikael Wiberg “Materiality and Mediality”
    Umeå University, Umeå.SE
  3. Dr Tim Lehmann "Digital Urban Mobility"
    Institut Urbane Mobilität Berlin.DE
  4. Timo Daum "Smart Cities - the triumph of capitalist platform logic?"
    2PIR, Berlin.DE
  5. Dr Diego López-de-Ipiña González-de-Artaza "Co-creation / Prosumer / Open government”
  6. Prof Christian Ulrik Andersen "Metainterface"
    Aarhus University, Aarhus.DK


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The session about the Flussbad Berlin Project will take place at the project site, the waterside of the Spree river in Berlin Mitte, in the so called Flussbad Garden. Besides a tour through the project and its history, issues related to the ongoing research will be discussed with participants in this session, using a hands-on approach within the intervention areas that are planned to lead the transformation of a part of the Spree river into an accessible public water space. The discussion will include current planning approaches as well as the enabling mechanisms for the public by intertwining regulated scientific research and communication strategies.


Open Call for Contributions:
Design projects at the intersection of digital media and public spaces

To open up and connect the conference to the wider Berliner public, this part of the conference is dedicated to the presentation of art, design, research projects and ideas dealing with the intertwining of ICT on the production of public spaces, their use and appropriation.
We are looking for sustainable and inspiring projects - both already implemented/realised and planed ones, and from ideas through theoretical to fictional ones – that address the role and impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the production of public space(s).
Submission deadline of proposals 13th March 2018.

Download the Call for Contributions
Pecha Kucha Registration



Conference registration


Cruise along the Spree River (approx. 3 hours) in the evening of April 11th, 2018 – cost 50€ per person including a dinner. Please register for each person for the boat trip.

Boat trip registration