Digital Legacy and the Future of Public Space

Activity: Service and engagementPublic lecture, debate or seminar


Within the last decade, the widespread use of smart-devices has drastically altered our experience of the world around us. The deluge of data produced by these devices and their users has coincided with the development of “platforms” that shape physical interactions and the ways that representations of the city are made, shared, and consumed. While there is a growing discourse in popular culture of the threats of mass surveillance to our public, private, and political lives, there has been less awareness of its impacts upon the built environment.
Despite this, surveillance technologies are beginning to impact the ways in which architecture and urban design are being practiced. Digitally augmented “Smart Cities” present many opportunities for increasing the efficiency of urban processes, however, there has been little critique of how the control and exploitation of location-based data might impact the perception and production of place.
What will happen to our individuality, self-identity and place identity as data about our bodies, our activities, emotions, and our memories is increasingly manipulated by external interests? How will this shape the legacy of architecture? How can we as architects craft a meaningful legacy through our engagement with these technologies?
Period31 Oct 2019
Event title3Over4Under
Event typeForum
LocationPerth, Australia, Western AustraliaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal