In Designing Cities for All (DCFA) we dive into the matter of (re)designing inclusive cities. Next to inviting many designers, scientists, experts, educational institutions, and other involved partners to participate- we invited a total of six Fellows to curate part of the programme. After our Fellows Lyongo Juliana (January – March 2021) and Dark Matter Labs (April 2021 – June 2021) we are happy to welcome Galit Ariel as our next Fellow (September – December 2021)! In her DCFA Fellowship, Galit will explore the impact of tech-infused urban environments on agency, representation, and self-expression, evoking new ways to hack the city (for good).
Galit Ariel is a TechnoFuturist, author, and creative, featured at global conferences and organisations such as TED, SXSW, Slush, The European Union, Bell Labs, and many more. She explores the wild and imaginative side of immersive technologies and is the author of Augmenting Alice – The Future of Identity, Experience and Reality. The book explores the way Augmented Reality’s diffusion will shift core paradigms and interactions related to culture, space, embodiment, agency, and ethics. Through her art/tech futures agency Future Memory Inc. she helps organisations and policymakers shape their technological futures and develop immersive experiences, interaction tools, and narratives. Galit is currently conducting her research-by-design Ph.D. at York University, exploring paradigms of immersive presence.
We have invited Katerina Makrogamvraki and Hans de Zwart to join us in the studio.
Katerina Makrogamvraki obtained her bachelor’s in Industrial Management and Technology at the University of Piraeus of Athens and her master’s degree in Engineering and Policy Analysis at TU Delft. Now, she is the Project Leader at Amsterdam-based Civic AI Lab, a research lab for civic-centered and community-minded design, development and deployment of AI technology. How can we develop AI in a socially inclusive manner, so it can help, engage, and empower people and communities to advance society? Civic AI Lab stands for AI that promotes economic and social human rights while respecting fundamental rights such as non-discrimination and equality.
Hans de Zwart is a lecturer and researcher in applied philosophy at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Formerly the director of digital rights organisation Bits of Freedom, he has a deep interest in the societal impact of digital technology. Together with Naomi Appelman and Jill Toh, he founded the Racism and Technology Center, and taking an active role in public discussions on the racism perpetuated by digital technologies. As a knowledge center, they provide a platform, resources, knowledge, skills, and legitimacy to anti-racism and digital rights organisations to help them create an understanding of how racism is manifested in technology with the goal of dismantling systems of oppression and injustice.