How can new technologies ‘hack’ into a given place and improve that place? Analysing behavior data and challenging the way, we use the city by creating temporary meeting points – virtual or physical.
HACKING THE CITY BY ALEXANDRA INSTITUTE, IFHP, URBEGO & COPENHAGEN SOLUTIONS LAB
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In Hacking the City Lab we will focus on three main areas of Vester Voldgade – The City Hall Square, Stormgade and the square in front of Den Classenske Legatskole. During the course of the lab, participants will work to collect, interpret and visualize data to finally create the concept of a digital-physic installation that will encourage tourists to actively be a part of the urban environment of Vester Voldgade.
CASE: VESTER VOLDGADE
A conversion of Vester Voldgade in 2013 has reduced traffic, enhanced the boulevard atmosphere, adding rows of trees, new open spaces and wide promenades, and giving pedestrians priority on what was once a very busy stretch.The object of converting Vester Voldgade was to create a pleasant promenade, which would be attractive to residents, visitors and tourists, creating an urban buzz with space for play, meeting points, shops and culture. However the conversion has not attracted a great number of new pedestrians to the area. Within the next couple of years new cultural institutions such as Bryghusgrunden and the City Museum will be part of the area now called The Cultural District. How do we prepare the area for its new role as cultural district? Can we divert tourist flow from the busy area around The City Hall Square even before the cultural institutions have moved into the area?