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LUNCH & selected Projects From Open Call

The Future of Urban Design (and Digital Tools)
Talks & discussion
May 21 12:00 - 13:00

No doubt, that the rapid and pervasive digital and technological development entails lots of new opportunities. But what lies in waiting? A cultural change is on its way, but how do we prioritise our resources? As part of the Prix BLOXHUB Interactive, we’ve set out to showcase demo projects and best practice examples of how to use digital technology to solve social challenges.

In total, we’ve received 122 ideas in the open call, and out of these the jury (consisting of Indy Johar, Carlo Ratti, Helle Søholt, Kaj Grønbæk, Natalie Mossin, Marius Sylvestersen and Martin Honzik) selected two winners and awarded eight ideas an Honorary Mention.

It’s a pleasure to present three of these selected projects:

  1. A cycle superhighway is a cycle highway, where commuter needs have been given the highest priority. The cycle superhighways of the Capital Region of Copenhagen are a coherent network of cycle highways, which provide a safe, smooth ride with fewer stops and increased safety, offering an alternative to the car on distances of more than 5 kilometres.

  2. Parklet App is a project-based registration app, combining GPS and open data, where citizens via augmented reality can draft and suggest new proposals for temporary design of a public space, making it easier for the citizen to communicate and co-create with the city.

  3. Flexkerbs looks at evolving streets for a driverless future. The goal is to use technology to optimise kerb usage and access throughout the day to achieve a local authority’s desired mix of street users, while either accommodating or managing existing and new vehicle demand.

  4. PHI, is an interface to peer-to-peer energy submitted by the team Phi Collective and their members Calum Bowden, Cory Levinson, Aliaksandra Smirnova, Artem Stepanov and Yin Aiwen


Kaj Grønbæk
Prof., Head of the Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University