MUV: a novel approach to tackling urban mobility challenges– Presented by Wio D’Hespeel, LUCA School of Arts

MUV: a novel approach to tackling urban mobility challenges– Presented by Wio D’Hespeel, LUCA School of Arts, at the Creative Ring Sum-It, on October 23, at Designhuis in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Wio D’Hespeel will deliver the presentation together with Karen Soens.

Where has the ‘mobile’ in urban ‘mobility’ gone? Cities usually tackle the Mobility Challenge with impressive infrastructural interventions, urban planning, smart traffic systems, etc. A more service design based approach is currently also catching on quite well, sometimes fuelled by a co-creative design approach.

MUV is exploring a totally new angle: gameplay! How can a game have an impact on (local) mobility behaviour. Can the data recorded and generated by the game be the glue that holds together an ecosystem of inhabitants, policy makers, local organisations and businesses, hackers and makers, data specialists and municipality departments?

MUV has been piloted in 6 cities across Europe and is looking for new neighbourhoods to join the MUV-network.

What drives you?
We’re currently passionately trying to find out how design and technology can help foster bottom-up change.

What are the three things you would take with you on a deserted island?
A frisbee, a guitar and a telescope.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
That’s a tough one. Answering this question starts with answering the question ‘potential to do what?’. I guess our focus should be on making people’s lives better. In the short run technologies like drones, data collection, machine learning, etc. will have a huge impact on agriculture: so-called precision agriculture might save many lives in developing countries. In the longer run I put my bets on quantum computing.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Quantum technology, once matured, is said to be able to handle huge amounts of data, pushing artificial intelligence to new levels, making technology quicker and smarter.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Power: unfortunately political and economic interests too often get in the way of positive change.

What do you hope people to learn from your presentation?
We would like to inspire the attendees with a novel approach to tackling urban mobility challenges. It would be great if our talk could organically transform into a more interactive discussion on creating ecosystems that foster a more participative approach to urban policy decision making on neighbourhood level. Yes indeed, we want to learn something from you too! :). Like what are helpful ideas in creating a participative approach? Or who has motivating stories of how citizens have made an impact on policy with data they collected.

About Wio D’Hespeel
Ingwio D’Hespeel is a lecturer at the Digital Design Studio, a specialisation track in the Visual Communication study programme at LUCA School of Arts (Ghent, Belgium). Although the main focus areas in his teaching are currently ui/ux, design thinking and idea generation, Ingwio does not see himself as an expert in any specific design field. ‘My specialisation is not specialising,’ he says, ‘my favourite spot is to be at the crossroad where different disciplines meet.’

Ingwio has a study background in architectural engineering, a teaching history in IT education, a fascination for physics, an interest for intangible heritage, a modest ‘quarter century musical career’ and a passion for educational innovation – crossroads aplenty! As a researcher he is involved in many national and international projects ranging from using new digital media for bringing live carillon performances to new audiences, to visualizing Einstein’s relativity theory in VR, to redesigning design education.

His role as international coordinator of the Visual Communication study programme brought him to many places, either as a guest lecturer, as a coach in international student projects, as an external examinator or as a prospector for interesting new partner schools.

About LUCA School of Arts
LUCA School of Arts offers both professional and academic Bachelor, Master and Postgraduate degrees. More than 3,000 students can choose from more than 30 programmes in Audiovisual Arts & Techniques, Interior Design & Construction, Music & Drama and Visual Arts & Design.

About Creative Ring Sum-It!
In October 2018, during Dutch Design Week, Creative Ring organizes its first international Sum-It!

A one of a kind event, where creative communities find the tools to shape tomorrow’s urban narratives.

Sum-It! takes you beyond inspiration-by-example and provides you with actionable tools, ready to be implemented in your daily practice.

A must-attend for smart-city stakeholders & policy makers, digital innovators, community- and ecosystem builders, public libraries, grassroots initiatives.

The main event takes place on Tuesday 23 October, with a prelude on Monday 22 October and a business tour on Wednesday 24 October.

Sum-It! is a collaboration between Creative Ring, Stichting Cultuur Eindhoven and other relevant partners.


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