The Cartographers Dilemma is an ongoing collaboration between academics and activists that examines urban design praxis in an era of pervasive computing, using projects, papers, and symposia. It asks:
- Why is the city less and less a stage for recursive knowledge creation and synthesis in the era of ubiquitous computation and interaction?
- Why do existing noetic economies (knowledge systems) discourage the creation of public spheres that grip on to new knowledge environments?
- How can the city become a system of entangled environments for learning, reflection, and play, where intellectual and emotional evolution persists, without stalling?
- How can we create disparate, yet collective, mechanisms in the city for accessing and instrumentalising the knowledge embedded in the city?
- How can we create streetscape forums to develop intelligent, playful, and joined-up thinking about our relationship to the phenomenological environment?
- How can we rethink the neighbourhood enclave and reprogram them as precincts for knowledge creation, creative action, and playful reflection?
- What can we do to get new interface ecologies on the ground linking the city space and data-landscapes?
- Does the sustainable city require an autopoetic and quotidian chat space on the street?
: Architect, Director of the Geddes Institute of Urban Research, University of Dundee, Scotland
David Walczyk: Information Interaction Designer, coordinator of the Cultural Informatics Lab Pratt Institute New York
Paul Guzzardo: Paul Guzzardo- Designer (AgitProp and otherwise) and Plaintiff - St. Louis, Buenos Aires
graphic - jesse codling