Small Cities International Forum at Ars Electrionica 2017

Organized by Pordenone Design Week (ISIA, Italy) and Ars Electronica
September 8, 2017, Linz, Austria

The Small Cities Forum is an Initiative of Pordenone Design Week and to promote Ars Electronica Linz the power of the small cities and to provide a place for the exchange of experiences and best practice models.

Ars Electronica will provide conference rooms, presentation equipment and free festival passes for all participants, including the invitation to the Prix Ars Electronica award ceremony. Travel and accommodation has to be provided by participants.
Schedule for Friday the 8th September in the WORKSHOPSPACE at main Festival venue POST CITY

10.00 – 11.00 Welcome Session – first introduction of participants (PUBLIC)
G. Marinelli-an example of a collaborative university, the case history
of Pordenone Design Week that involves Isia Rome Design

11.00 – 13.00 Examples of best practice and inspiring projects – cities present their activities (PUBLIC)
The city of Pordenone will talk about its experience by representatives of the companies and municipality.

13.00 – 15.00 Networking Lunch (CLOSED)
15.00 – 17.30 First drafting of a Small Cities Manifesto (CLOSED – working group)

Giuseppe Marinelli from Pordenone on Small Cities Forum

We know, from the sciences of the complexity, that the capacity of the social systems to evolve don’t depend specially from the muscles or dimension, but from the quantity of hidden complexity that we are able to put in evidence, to shape and to transform in value. For these reasons to be a small city don’t means at all to represent a small system. If we operate correctly small cities don’t will miss in opportunity, diversity, or in cultural proposal than the bigger ones, also sustained by social media in which we are deeply living. How it will possible to regenerate our city-life at the reasonable costs will be the argument of this seminar that will analyses new kind of tools to better operate and to put all the city intangible assets on the top condition to synergize. See the Pordenone small city experience. This seminar proposes a new kind of methodologies and tools that every city can easily use. In the first part of the seminar we will confront some best practice and real experience, narrated by the protagonists underlying the relationship from the different components as culture, entrepreneurship, administrations and the creative class, specially centering the role of the young people. In the second part we will have a deepen and large discussion on the methodology taking in consideration all issues or questions. Finally we will launch the Manifesto. Using more creative disciplines as art and design and using a cross disciplinary approach, small city will be a perennial source of job opportunities and quality of life.

Proposed outcome
– identify characteristics of small cities
– clear best practices
– connectivity/partnerships/issue of being substituted by social media
– community importance
– parameters of small cities ( also compared to megacities )
– to create a scientific committee attempting to study and research on the subject
– to create an operative organism able to sustain and to play as a counselor for news small cities having difficulties to do its own redesign

Read more: https://www.aec.at/ai/en/
Small Cities Forum at Ars Electronica 2017

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