Media Architecture Biennale 2012
November 15-17, 2012
Aarhus, Denmark


Building on the successful event in Vienna 2010, The Media Architecture Biennale 2012 brings together artists, academia and industry in the continued exploration of the meeting between architecture and digital media.

With public exhibitions, a conference and a series of workshops, the biennale offers many ways to participate and get involved. See the sections below for more details.

The 2012 biennale will extend the existing format with an academic conference track, new exhibition, awards and industry sessions, as well as a full day of workshops.

The exhibition presents state-of-the-art media architecture in a collaboration between artists, practitioners and industry, both in-situ and in documented forms.

At the conference, we explore “participation” as a core value of media architecture (other topics are welcome as well!). The conference invites both academic and industry presentations. We are currently seeking a publishing agreement with ACM for the academic proceedings.

The workshops offer an intimate forum to discuss or even work on a specific topic or technology with your peers.

The Biennale itself is also organized in the spirit of participation as we invite and support dialog and exchanges between artists, researchers and industry.

Come and join us!

The design of media architecture invites, shapes and creates encounters between people and the built environment, and digital media open up rich opportunities for dialog and engaging experiences.

As an emerging field, many perspectives are still coming together, and the challenges are as abundant as the opportunities. Public space and urban environments are increasingly shaped by elements of media architecture.

The vision of the Media Architecture Biennale is to provide an excellent forum for awareness, discussion and solutions; to bring together the best minds and organizations; and to present to the each other and the world the state-of-the-art of media architecture.

Apart from invited speakers and industry talks, the Media Architecture Biennale 2012 will feature a peer-reviewed academic research paper track.

In the past few years, we have seen a surge in the number of publications on media architecture, both in the interaction design/HCI community (e.g. at CHI, DIS and TEI, and the regional OzCHI and NordiCHI conferences) and in architecture and design journals and literature.

Therefore, we invite papers that present and discuss media architecture both on a practical and theoretical level to further develop our understanding of the field through studies of cases, design approaches, best practices from industry, and theoretical perspectives. An extended call for papers will be posted shortly.

Deadline for papers: June 20, 2012.

The main objective of the exhibition is to represent the state-of-the art in media architecture. The exhibited projects will be documented or produced in the form of prototypes, models and large-size pictures and videos.

The exhibited projects are related to the following categories:

Animated Architecture
Facades of buildings are increasingly animated by integrated light sources. Architecture and the perception of the building is in the focus of the designers. The flexibility of content is rather limited due to resolution, colour and shape of the pixels. In most cases the pixels are highly customized and form a creative challenge of the project.

Money Architecture
Buildings that are strongly related to Business, Banks, Shopping, Entertainment and Gambling. Light on the building surface is to attract people and make them spend money or, as in the case of banks, represents the power of the building owner.

Participatory Architecture
Projects mostly developed by media designers that allow passers-by to interact with and take control of the content on the surface. Many projects are non-permanent and built on a pre-existing architectural structure. New media formats taking advantage of mobile apps and social media are being developed.

Spatial Media Art
Projects produced in an artistic context at the intersection of architecture and media art. Mostly non-permanent movable installations with an innovative form of spatial interaction and/or perception of space.

Future Trends and Prototypes
This sections covers special solutions like three dimensional displays, kinetic facades, OLEDs or even robotic elements that shed a light on how future media architectures might look like.

If you want to present your work at the exhibition, or to sponsor an installation, get in touch with the exhibition chairs, Gernot Tscherteu and Morten Lervig, at

Workshops at the Media Architecture Biennale will comprise a wide spectrum of disciplines and topics of interest: They will provide an opportunity to discuss and explore various areas of media architecture design and research within a group of designers, researchers, artists and practitioners from industry and academia.

Participants will spend one day or half a day with experts from the field and express their experiences through structured and unstructured interactions. There will be the opportunity for research students to present their work and to receive feedback from experts in the field as part of the workshops.

If you are interested to host a workshop as part of the Media Architecture Biennale please contact the workshop chairs via at your earliest convenience, but no later than May 20, 2012. We welcome workshops on academic research and industry themes.

Workshops will take place in various places in Aarhus on November 15, 2012.

Industry involvement is a pivotal part of the Media Architecture Biennale 2012. There are several ways for industry to get involved

First of all, the biennale is an exceptional place to show your products, services and competences for a specialized and attentive audience. The dedicated industry session of the conference is a forum for talks. As part of the exhibition, there is a demo space and showroom for prototypes and posters. We have reserved several workshop slots for industry topics.

Sponsorship is another way to put your mark on the biennale. With Gold, Silver and Bronze packages, there is one for every level of engagement. We can also tailor a special package for your company.

Get in touch with the industry chairs, Hank Haeusler and Martin Brynskov, at, for more information on industry opportunities.


Twitter: @MABiennale

Aarhus University, Denmark, in collaboration with Media Architecture Institute.

November 15-17, 2012

Godsbanen, (TBC)
More info on Aarhus:

Organizing Committee


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MyCityLab —



… is an online space showcasing art projects, educational resources, technological developments and participatory processes which are grounded in a direct relationship with a particular local context.

This year from 22 September to 01 October TodaysArt Brussels festival will host Camp – Conference The Rise of Performance Architecture.”

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“A turntable of contemporary life”: Doug Aitken turns Hirshhorn Into 360-Degree Screen

As if Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s giant inflatable balloon set to rise (sometime) from its roof, Up-style, weren’t a sufficiently kinetic addition to the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., the institution announced in a press release yesterday that artist Doug Aitken will turn the building’s circular facade into an enormous 360-degreen screen for nearly two months this spring.

For the multichannel projection “SONG 1″ (2012) — which will be on view from March 22 to May 13 — Aitken will use the building’s distinctive curving exterior wall as a screen for moving images streaming from 11 high-definition video projectors. While the images that will make up “SONG 1″ remain a mystery, they will be structured around the pop music classic “I Only Have Eyes for You,” new versions of which have been created especially for this project by Beck, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and others.

“The building is at times emphasized and at times disappears completely into the content of the artwork,” Aitken writes. Of the way “SONG 1″ engages the building’s unique architecture, Hirshhorn deputy director and chief curator Kerry Brougher says: “He directs the tempo of life around the museum. The facade of the Hirshhorn is not merely a screen for the projection of some fictional cinematic world — it is a turntable of contemporary life.”

The project, the largest undertaken by the Los Angeles- and New York-based artist, will be especially confounding for Aitken completists: due to its circular screen, it will be impossible to watch the entire video in a single viewing.

— Benjamin Sutton

Rendering of “SONG 1″ (2012) courtesy of the Doug Aitken Workshop.

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Nokia Lumia Live ft deadmau5 lights up London with amazing 4D projection – YouTube

Massive light show projection on 28 Nov 2011 at the Millbank tower in London. The vj projection is part of the new advertising campaign for the Nokia Lumia 800. Advertising as a time and place-specific urban event…

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Urban Informatics » From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen (MIT Press 2011)

From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen:
Urban Informatics, Social Media, Ubiquitous Computing, and Mobile Technology to Support Citizen Engagement

Edited by

Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Laura Forlano, Cornell University, USA
Christine Satchell, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Martin Gibbs, University of Melbourne, Australia

Web 2.0 tools, including blogs, wikis, and photo sharing and social networking sites, have made possible a more participatory Internet experience. Much of this technology is available for mobile phones, where it can be integrated with such device-specific features as sensors and GPS. From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen examines how this increasingly open, collaborative, and personalizable technology is shaping not just our social interactions but new kinds of civic engagement with cities, communities, and spaces. It offers analyses and studies from around the world that explore how the power of social technologies can be harnessed for social engagement in urban areas.

Chapters by leading researchers in the emerging field of urban informatics outline the theoretical context of their inquiries, describing a new view of the city as a hybrid that merges digital and physical worlds; examine technology-aided engagement involving issues of food, the environment, and sustainability; explore the creative use of location-based mobile technology in cities from Melbourne, Australia, to Dhaka, Bangladesh; study technological innovations for improving civic engagement; and discuss design research approaches for understanding the development of sentient real-time cities, including interaction portals and robots.

The MIT Press

Foth, M., Forlano, L., Satchell, C., & Gibbs, M. (Eds.) (2011). From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen: Urban Informatics, Social Media, Ubiquitous Computing, and Mobile Technology to Support Citizen Engagement. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

7 x 9 • 544 pp. • 108 illus. • ISBN 978-0-262-01651-3 • US$50.00 • cloth

About the Editors

Marcus Foth, Founder and Director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab, is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow with the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation at Queensland University of Technology. Laura Forlano is a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University. Christine Satchell is Senior Research Fellow at the Urban Informatics Research Lab. Martin Gibbs is a Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Melbourne.

For more information visit the MIT Press website: or QUT eprints >

Section 1: Theories of Engagement

Phoebe Sengers, Cornell University, USA

1. The Ideas and Ideals in Urban Media Theory
Martijn de Waal, University of Groningen, NL

2. The Moral Economy of Social Media
Paul Dourish, University of California, Irvine, USA, & Christine Satchell, QUT, Australia

3. The Protocological Surround: Reconceptualising Radio and Architecture in the Wireless City
Gillian Fuller, & Ross Harley, University of NSW, Australia

4. Mobile Media and the Strategies of Urban Citizenship: Control, Responsibilisation, Politicisation
Kurt Iveson, University of Sydney, Australia

Section 2: Civic Engagement

Yvonne Rogers, Open University, UK

5. Advancing Design for Sustainable Food Cultures
Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, QUT, & Eli Blevis, Indiana University, USA

6. Building Digital Participation Hives: Toward a Local Public Sphere
Fiorella de Cindio, & Cristian Peraboni, University of Milano, Italy

7. Between Experience, Affect, and Information: Experimental Urban Interfaces in the Climate Change Debate
Jonas Fritsch, & Martin Brynskov, Aarhus University, Denmark

8. More than Friends: Social and Mobile Media for Activist Organizations
Tad Hirsch, Intel People and Practices Research, USA

9. Gardening Online: A Tale of Suburban Informatics
Bjorn Nansen, Jon Pearce, & Wally Smith, University of Melbourne, Australia

10. The Rise of the Expert Amateur: Citizen Science and Micro-Volunteerism
Eric Paulos, Sunyoung Kim, & Stacey Kuznetsov, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Section 3: Creative Engagement

Gary Marsden, University of Cape Town, South Africa

11. Street Haunting: Sounding the Invisible City
Sarah Barns, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

12. Family Worlds: Technological Engagement for Families Negotiating Urban Traffic
Hilary Davis, Peter Francis, Bjorn Nansen, & Frank Vetere, University of Melbourne, Australia

13. Urban Media: New Complexities, New Possibilities — A Manifesto
Christopher Kirwan, & Sven Travis, Parsons — The New School for Design, USA

14. Bjørnetjeneste: Using the City as a Backdrop for Location-Based Interactive Narratives
Jeni Paay, & Jesper Kjeldskov, Aalborg University, Denmark

15. Mobile Interactions as Social Machines: Poor Urban Youth at Play in Bangladesh
Andrew Wong, & Richard Ling, Telenor Research & Innovation, Malaysia

Section 4: Technologies of Engagement

Atau Tanaka, Newcastle University, UK

16. Sensing, Projecting and Interpreting Digital Identity through Bluetooth: From Anonymous Encounters to Social Engagement
Ava Fatah gen. Schieck 1, Freya Palmer 2, Alan Penn 1, & Eamonn O’Neill 2
1 University College London, UK, 2 University of Bath, UK

17. The Policy and Export of Ubiquitous Place: Investigating South Korean U‐Cities
Germaine Halegoua, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

18. Engaging Citizens and Community with the UBI-Hotspots
Timo Ojala, Hannu Kukka, Tommi Heikkinen, Tomas Lindén, Marko Jurmu, Simo Hosio, & Fabio Kruger, University of Oulu, Finland

19. Crowdsensing in the Web: Analyzing the Citizen Experience in the Urban Space
Francisco C. Pereira, Andrea Vaccari, Fabien Giardin, Carnaven Chiu, & Carlo Ratti, Senseable City Lab, MIT, USA

20. Empowering Urban Communities through Social Commonalities
Laurianne Sitbon, Peter Bruza, Renato Iannella, & Sarath Indrakanti, National ICT Australia

Section 5: Design Engagement

Mark Blythe, University of York, UK

21. A Streetscape Portal
Michael Arnold, University of Melbourne, Australia

22. Nonanthropocentrism and the Nonhuman in Design: Possibilities for Designing New Forms of Engagement with and through Technology
Carl DiSalvo, & Jonathan Lukens, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

23. Building the Open Source City: Changing Work Environments for Collaboration and Innovation
Laura Forlano, Cornell University, USA

24. Dramatic Character Development Personas to Tailor Apartment Designs for Different Residential Lifestyles
Marcus Foth, Christine Satchell, Mark Bilandzic, Greg Hearn, & Danielle Shelton, QUT, Australia


Judith Donath, MIT, USA

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I Wish This Was


“I wish this was” project: local citizens as placemakers …

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Social Cities of Tomorrow » International conference 17 February 2012, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Using digital media technologies for collective urban issues

Our everyday lives are increasingly shaped by digital media technologies, from smart cards and intelligent GPS systems to social media and smartphones. How can we use digital media technologies to make our cities more social, rather than just more hi-tech?

This international conference brings together key thinkers and doers working in the fields of new media and urbanism. Keynote speakers such as Usman Haque, Natalie Jeremijenko will speak about the promises and challenges in this newly emerging and highly interdisciplinary field of urban design. The keynotes will be accompanied by presentations of ‘best practices’ from various disciplines, such as architecture, art, design, and policy.

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MIT TechTV – Changing research


Some more pecha kucha presentations on “Changing research”
from the Forum on Future Cities.

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MIT TechTV – Changing life


“Changing Life” Panel Presentations from
Senseable City Lab | Forum on Future Cities, April 2011

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ALPHA-VILLE 2011 PROGRAMME: Mediating Mediums – The Digital 3d


The upcoming alpha-ville festival in London features a whole line of interesting workshops, screenings and live action…

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