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January 16, 2010

Designing for Immobility – Amsterdam & on-line, January 21, 20.30 CET

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Thursday January 21, 20.30 hrs (CET)

De Balie, Amsterdam

The world-wide mobility explosion is an enormous challenge for designers. How can we convince people that current forms of continuous mobility are no longer ecologically sustainable? Should mobility simply be made unaffordably expensive? Or can we design viable alternatives

As a prelude to the ElectroSmog festival De Balie in Amsterdam will present a showcase of design proposals, practical projects and design-ideas that should persuade us to start moving less.


Read the report by John Thackara over on the Doors of Peception Blog.


With on-line and on-site contributions by among others:

John Thackara, director of Doors of Perception, the international conference and knowledge network which sets new agendas for design, will highlight design projects that try to tackle the question of mobility reduction.

Costas Bissas, researcher at  Distance Lab, Forres (Scotland), will present the specific focus of his organisation on networking rural and remote area’s. The relevant question for the ElectroSmog festival  is whether we can live in a sustainable way in the green and still connect to the rest of the world, culturally and economically?

David van Gent is a managing consultant for IBM on Learning Strategy & Technology, Virtual Worlds, Serious Gaming & Web 2.0. He will talk about and demo the Virtual Offices project of IBM, using open SIM technology (similar to second life):
( See for instance this CNN item )

Eric Kluitenberg, head of the media department of De Balie and initiator of the ElectroSnog festival, will present the concept behind the festival. Besides exploring the critique of mobility theoretically, ElectroSmog will also address the issue practically. All international presentations in the festival will be realised by means of tele-connections between the different international locations.

Jeroen van Schaick, PHD researcher on ‘Time-space and urban design’ at the Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology provides feedback, comparing design proposals with actual finding from research on mobility patterns.


Please note: The presentation of the project “In the Air”, by the Medialab Prado, Madrid,  “a visualisation project which aims to make visible the microscopic and invisible agents of Madrid´s air (gases, particles, pollen, diseases, etc), to see how they perform, react and interact with the rest of the city.”, has been shifted to the festival in March.

Live & Interactive:

This program will be streamed  live on the internet – for details please refer to:

Chat with us and other viewers at De Balie online chatroom:

You can also watch this live event together with other avatars at the Meta.Live.Nu Roof-Theatre in the virtual world Second Life:

datum | Thursday 21 January, 20.30 hrs.
language | Engels
entrance | free



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