KISDtalk: "Smart Cities – Smart Citizens"

"KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design", 14. November 2017

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These days, there is a lot of talk about the idea of a "smart city". How can it be characterized? What requirements does it have to fulfill? In this public lecture, guest speaker Prof. Florian Pfeffer will investigate the opportunities for design being a provider of spaces for interactions between the various players and makers in the "Smart City".

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KISDtalk: "Smart Cities – Smart Citizens"

"KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design"


  • 14. November 2017
  • 17.30 Uhr bis 19.00 Uhr


KISD – Köln International School of Design, Ubierring 40, 50678 Köln


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"KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design"


Prof. Florian Pfeffer, one/one studio, Amsterdam


KISD – Köln International School of Design

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“Will the real Smart City please stand up?“ is the title of an article published by sociologist Robert G. Hollands in 2008 in which he discusses the ingredients necessary to make a city truly smart. Driven by technology, cities are in danger of becoming a rather corporate idea run by big data monopolies and large providers of IT infrastructure.
The success of the city as a cultural, economic, and social model however is not based on its efficiency. The city offers a multitude of contradicting options and has the magic capability to make the clash of those options productive. Following this logic, a squatter is equally essential to the Smart City as Cisco or Google are – the dilemma as a hotspot for democracy.
Prof. Florian Pfeffer is a partner in the design studio one/one with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Bremen and director of the ":output-foundation" in Amsterdam, which annually hosts the eponymous award for your designers. Florian Pfeffer lectured as professor at Karlsruhe College of Arts and Design and Design Academy Eindhoven. The talk will be held in English language.

The KISDtalks are a public lecture series on relevant perspectives of design. They give space for an open- minded and profound analysis and reflexion of the manifold issues of design, culture, society, technology, and different scientific disciplines. Topics are interdisciplinary, integrative, and provide internationality by domestic and international speakers.The talks take place mostly on a Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the conference room 11 at KISD.
The 60-90 minutes-long presentations with “Q&A“ are a public event and free of charge.