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The futures of the city: Design fiction and Urban IxD

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Why do we talk about the future in the singular, when at any moment in time there are many futures to consider? When we look at corporate visions of the future of our cities, we are shown a clear path towards the Smart City. But is that true?

In his talk, Sjors will discuss the Urban IxD project, which experimented with ways to break through the monolithic vision of the future city and create a much wider range of possible urban futures. He will show how their method of critical design and design fiction can be used to explore different futures.

About the speaker

Sjors Timmer is a freelance Interaction Designer. He is currently working at Zopa and has worked at the Ministry of Justice and with start-ups and agencies. He is actively involved in the design community, where he co-organised UX Camp London and UXDO , a series of practical workshops for designers. He has given a number of presentations on a broad range of design subjects for diverse audiences of professionals, including a presentation on hermeneutics for designers at UX Brighton and designing with time in mind at EuroIA. He has written for well-known blogs and has been featured in .Net magazine. He holds an MA in Digital Media from Goldsmiths, University of London.

The event will start at 6:30 for drinks and nibbles and the talk will start at 7pm.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Usability Group series.

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