DIY networking as a facilitator for interdisciplinary research on the hybrid city

Antoniadis, Panayotis; Apostol, Ileana; Gaved, Mark; Smyth, Michael and Unteidig, Andreas (2015). DIY networking as a facilitator for interdisciplinary research on the hybrid city. In: Proceedings of Hybrid City 2015: Data to the People, University Research Institute of Applied Communication (URIAC), University of Athens, Athens, Greece, pp. 65–72.



DIY networking is a technology with special characteristics compared to the public Internet, which holds a unique potential for empowering citizens to shape their hybrid urban space toward conviviality and collective awareness. It can also play the role of a “boundary object” for facilitating interdisciplinary interactions and participatory processes between different actors: researchers, engineers, practitioners, artists, designers, local authorities, and activists. This position paper presents a social learning framework, the DIY networking paradigm, that we aim to put in the centre of the hybrid space design process. We first introduce our individual views on the role of design as discussed in the fields of engineering, urban planning, urban interaction design, design research, and community informatics. We then introduce a simple methodology for combining these diverse perspectives into a meaningful interdisciplinary collaboration, through a series of related events with different structure and framing. We conclude with a short summary of a selection of these events, which serves also as an introduction to the CONTACT workshop on facilitating information sharing between strangers, in the context of the Hybrid City III conference.

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