3-4 June 2016

The 2-day conference includes public keynotes in the morning and afternoon sessions. In between the keynotes there will be presentations by industry professionals, academics and researchers from around the world. Academic presentations will be selected through an open call for research papers.

Academic talks

Day 1

Session 1: (Urban) Play and Placemaking

Longitudinal, Cross-site and “In the Wild” : a Study of Public Displays User Communities' Situated Snapshots
Nemanja Memarovic, Ava Fatah gen. Schieck, Holger Schnädelbach, Efstathia Kostopoulou, Steve North, Lei Ye

Play and Placemaking in Urban Art Environments
Troy Innocent

The InstaBooth: Making Common Ground for Media Architectural Design
Glenda Amayo Caldwell, Mirko Guaralda, Jared Donovan, Markus Rittenbruch

Analyzing the Aesthetics of Participation of Media Architecture
Jonas Fritsch, Erik Grönvall

Session 2: Architectural Quality and City Making

Revealing the Architectural Quality of Media Architecture
Niels Wouters, Koenraad Keignaert, Jonathan Huyghe, Andrew Vande Moere

Recasting the Data Sublime in Media Architecture
Claude Fortin

Not Just Pretty Lights: Using Digital Technologies to Inform City Making
Joel Fredericks, Luke Hespanhol, Martin Tomitsch

LightBricks – A Physical Prototyping Toolkit for Do-it-Yourself Media Architecture
Marius Hoggenmueller, Alexander Wiethoff

Day 2

Session 3: City Management and Smart City Planning

Massive Media: When Cities Become Screens
Dave Colangelo

From ‘Digital’ to ‘Smart’: Upgrading the City
Alessandro Aurigi ,Katharine Willis, Lorena Melgaco

Citywide Management of Media Facades : Case Study of Seoul City
Seung Ji Lee

Re-configuring Participatory Media for Citizen Elders in Urban Planning
Rachel Clarke, Clara Crivellaro, Danilo Di Mascio, Peter Wright

Late-breaking works

The PEER Framework of Culture: Technological Interventions in Public Spaces
Mercado, David Jan

Full Bodily Engagement As a Means for Placemaking
Afonso, Andre

Mapping Moves and Locating Moods – Creating Emotional/Social Geography on the Intersection of Private and Public Space (Revised)
Batna, Marita
Bertol, Daniela

‘Participation +’ - Documenting a design process of a media architecture installation in the second digital turn era
Haeusler, M. Hank
Hespanhol, Luke
Hoggenmueller, Marius

Call for papers & late-breaking works

Media Architecture and Placemaking: At this year’s biennale, we highlight the potential of Media Architecture as a key component in placemaking; the creation of meaningful and socially thriving public spaces based on community efforts. As Media Architecture becomes a more prominent and accepted part of urban life, it opens up rich opportunities for new forms of participation through dialogue and engagement. It places a greater responsibility on designers to look beyond aspects of implementation and enter new partnerships with urban planners and residents. Through the combination of agility and responsibility, designers examine how Media Architecture can contribute to shaping places that improve the quality and experience of urban space and support creative patterns of use, with a particular attention to its physical, cultural, and social identities.

We, therefore, invite interested parties from a variety of backgrounds – be it human-computer interaction, urban design and planning, engineering, arts, humanities, sociology, and more – to participate in joint discussions about how Media Architecture can best contribute to placemaking through the submission of long papers, short papers (due January 18th February 22nd, 2016, 11:59pm PST), and late breaking works (posters, due March 31st April 14th, 2016, 11:59pm PST).


Details are available in the call for papers.

Submission of papers is via EasyChair.

Important dates
Short & long papers Late-breaking works (posters)
Submission deadline January 18 February 22, 11:59pm PST March 31, 11:59pm PST
Notification of acceptance March 7 March 21 April 30
Camera-ready submission March 28 April 8, 11:59pm PST May 7, 11:59pm PST

Conference chairs

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  • Peter Dalsgaard

    Aarhus University

  • Ava Fatah gen Schieck

    The Bartlett, University College London

Late-breaking works chairs

[email protected]

  • Martin Brynskov

    Aarhus University

  • Caroline Lundqvist

    Aarhus University