Digital Placemaking Research Events Week
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Digital Placemaking Research Events Week


Streaming on Online in Sept 2020

Over the last year the Bristol+Bath Creative R&D Digital Placemaking Fellows and Partners have explored questions about belonging, safety, hope and power in public spaces. At its core, digital placemaking aims to enhance and deepen the relationship between people and places.

The Fellows and Partners imagined clocks that look like maps, stories that shift with the weather, and invisible networks made material and reconfigurable. Their time together has involved some of the most rigorous, inspiring and interesting conversations that we have ever been a part of. These conversations have acquired a new urgency and even greater importance in light of recent events and the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the significant changes to our daily lives as a result of the global pandemic.

Join us from Mon 21- Fri 25 Sept as they share the outcomes of those conversations; sharing live and recorded online content including talks, podcasts, illustrations and social media takeovers to introduce their findings and pose questions for the future of Digital Placemaking within the South West.


Mon 21 Sept – Prof. Jon Dovey in conversation with our Fellows.

A conversation reflecting on the Fellows' research journey, shifts in their thinking, experiences and outcomes during their time on the Digital Placemaking pathfinder. These conversations will be accompanied by live illustration from Gary Embury, senior lecturer at the University of the West of England and editor in chief of the online journal Reportager

Fri 25th Sept at 13:00 Pervasive Media Studio Lunchtime Talk – Localising the Internet

Around the world, corporate giants are aligning with governments and Local Authorities to create new “smart” digitally enabled streets, waterfronts and even new build cities. But where does the local community fit in, if at all? This talk will consider three perspectives on localising the Internet, exploring what a local digital city might mean to Bristol, Bath and beyond.

Mon 21 – Fri 25 Sept – Daily Twitter Take Overs

Join each of theD Digital Placemaking Fellows: Stephen Hilton, Roseanna Dias, Grace Quantock, Shawn Sobers,Tim Lo,Paul Clarke and Will Taylor as they introduce themselves and their research and pose questions of where that fits within the wider context of their work. Over this week our feed will be alive with conversations, from digital interventions that create spaces of care and future dreaming experiments for alternative built environments to how lived experiences of individuals can be included in conversations around policy making and public services.

Digital Placemaking is one of the five themed Pathfinders within the Bristol+Bath Creative R&D programme. A collaboration between Watershed and the region’s four universities; UWE Bristol, Bath Spa, the University of Bath and the University of Bristol - that aims to raise the bar for the region’s creative industries.