Digitalization and the corona pandemic are radically changing the cities, according to urban researcher Prof. Dr. Gesa Ziemer. She recently became head of a UN laboratory for sustainable urban development through digitalization (UNITAC) at the HCU. Innovative technologies are to be developed there that will be used in cities around the world.
with Katharina Schneider
This article was published on May 11th, 2021 in the Tagesspiegel Extra-Briefing for Smart Cities & Regions.
The extra briefing is published every two weeks as part of the Tagesspiegel Background Digitalization & KI and provides information about new initiatives, papers and projects for the digitalization of municipalities.
Episode 37: For Prof. Dr. Gesa Ziemer Hamburg is a place of longing, it is her home. Although she has spent a lot of time abroad - or perhaps because of it, she works as an urban development expert in the Hanseatic city. In the new episode of our podcast, she tells Lars how she pursues her passion, research and observation. The professor of cultural theory also reports on how the airport brings her down and which encounters brought her on her way.
with Lars Meier
Cities have always been places where commerce and production, working and living are physically and functionally integrated. Only with the rise of industry have zoning regulations been introduced to separate these functions in space. But what is the role of such regulations when industry is digitized, increasingly emission-free, and based on innovation more than mass production? How should working and living be combined, when mobility and energy consumption become more sustainable? And what are the opportunities in a volatile world, characterized by digital disruption, migration, and demographic shifts, to create urban areas based on social equity and resilience? Based on interrogative research at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) in the interdisciplinary urban design studio The Industrious City, the Zurich-based architecture studio Hosoya Schaefer presents this publication of the same name.
Urban development expert Gesa Ziemer on the future of cities, the renaissance of the country and the role of the car.
with Insa Gall and Matthias Iken
Todays guest is Gesa Ziemer. She heads the CityScienceLab in Hamburg, a cooperation with the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge/ USA, which investigates the urban challenges in the era of digitalization. Gesa Ziemer is professor for Cultural Theory and Practice and thus has less of a technical view on the digital city but, among other things, deals with digital participation and how digital data can help to simplify complex decisions in urban planning.
with Hendrik Jansen and Ilka Mecklenbrauck
with Michael Carl and Jacqueline Althaller
with Thorsten Kausch
City Science Summit 2019
Elbphilharmonie, in cooperation with the MIT Media Lab
With Norman Foster, Nicolas Negroponte, Maja Göpel, Joelle Pianzolla, Kent Larson, Katharina Fegebank, Peter Tschentscher and more.
On 1st and 2nd October 2019, international experts will gather in Hamburg at the City Science Summit to discuss which digital technologies will influence decision-making processes and shape everyday life in future cities. The conference title "Cities without..." invites us to open up
spaces for thought and fill vacancies with visions for the city as a living space.
The City Science Summit 2019 is organized by the CityScienceLab of the HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) in cooperation with the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA and the City Science Network. The conference is open to the public and free of charge. Registration at www.citysciencesummit.org is mandatory.
Performing Citizenship. Bodies, Agencies and Limitations.
Hildebrandt, Peters, Ziemer (eds). Palgrave, London 2019.
This open-access book discusses how citizenship is performed today, mostly through the optic of the arts, in particular the performing arts, but also from the perspective of a wide range of academic disciplines such as urbanism and media studies, cultural education and postcolonial theory. It is a compendium that includes insights from artistic and activist experimentation. Each chapter investigates a different aspect of citizenship, such as identity and belonging, rights and responsibilities, bodies and materials, agencies and spaces, and limitations and interventions. It rewrites and rethinks the many-layered concept of citizenship by emphasising the performative tensions produced by various uses, occupations, interpretations and framings.
Perspectives in Metropolitan Research
New Stakeholders of Urban Change
Hilke Berger, Gesa Ziemer (Hrsg.)
In the urban centers of Europe, residents are increasingly demanding not only to participate in the discussion about the densification of our cities, but also to shape it actively. It is especially creative planning projects that succeed in finding new role models and structures for urban development: artists act as urban developers, theaters carry out urban projects, curators curate the city, architects also take on the role of social workers. This results in new hybrid fields of action that require a rethinking of established strategies and the constellations of those involved.
This volume brings together perspectives from quite different professions at the interface of urban planning and cultural practice, in order to seek answers to some central questions: how does this hybridity generate a contemporary urbanity? How must contemporary institutions be structured? And how should a new culture of cooperation be set up to enable a mutual dialog and transparency in development processes between citizens and authorities, as well as between the various stakeholders?
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