Interactions to design in a city

A dense city has been and is still the vision of architects as a suggestion to solve a lot of modern problems within city development. I can’t think of a place packet with more interactions than a dense city, my logic dictates that of course should there be interaction designers specifically focused on developing the city.

As I’ve seen in my research so far there are lots of micro districts where notions of the city development of the future takes place. Starting with the small projects will be more manageable, iterative, consequential and considerable towards its people. As with the futuristic city of Telalosa(as mentioned earlier) it can grow a stronger sense of community and shared responsibility within.

Going from a world built around “starchitects” as Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer e.g. I hope we’re going in a more democratic and inclusive way of thinking about city development. Moving away from old ways someone have to design the processes of inclusive design. In a top-down world someone have to advocate the inhabitants of areas of development. More information than ever is at our hands, someone have to shed a light on inequality and also make the information accessible. Reading one of thousand definitions of interaction design, I would argue this someone can be a interaction designer.

interaction design synthesizes and imagines things as they could be. the practice of designing interactive digital products, environments, systems, and services. Beyond the digital aspect, interaction design is also useful when creating physical (non-digital) products, exploring how a user might interact with it.

Definition from Wikipedia

 Marianthi Tatari is a Senior Architect at UNStudio a knowledge-driven architecture and design practice that prides itself on its human-centered approaches. Her approaches to design are holistic and system oriented. One of her approaches for developing city areas is using testzones to spark progression and invite for communication about the projects.

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”

Jane Jacobs

With all the projects of cities comes interactions. They might be planned or developed organically. How nature changes it’s infrastructure and it’s inhabitants adapt to it. Except this time we’re facilitating and planning the change. My vision for designing future cities after doing this research is a participatory designed society where a flat structure of decisions, information, accessibility takes place. Designed for everybody by everybody because everybody is designing their own interactions to some extent.

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