Compact Course: Materializing the digital in cities and our everyday

06 März – 10 März

Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost (Design Research Lab)
Elizabeth Calderón Lüning (Dipl. Pol.)
Gilberto Vieira


Format: This course will take place in person in the Berlin Open Lab at Einsteinufer 43.

UdK Berlin + TU Berlin / 3 SWS / 3 CP / UdK master students can gain credits for this class in the framework of the module „Designmethoden“ or over the Studium Generale.

Required knowledge: No specific previous knowledge is required.

Please register by 2 February 2023 with your name, field of study and matriculation number to Elizabeth Calderón Lüning (). The maximum number of participants is 15.

In a world where we are finally starting to grasp what it means to live with finity – in time, resources, materials, space, water – the digital still screams its promise of being endless. Digital artifacts and practices are having a detriment affect in the material. Cities, as the spaces where most of us live, can be the grounds for understanding this material. Cities have been the targets for technological development already before the digital era. Today, even more so, it is the site where digital technologies are expanding and experimenting.

In this compact course, using urban research methods, we will try to filter out digital materialities in the city – make them touchable, smellable, audible and with our senses legible. During the week we will be doing excursions as a group and alone, read together, walk together and practice making the immaterial understandable.