The MAK FUTURE LAB, in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy invites to a panel discussion.
In cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, the MAK presents its pilot project MAK FUTURE LAB for Citizen Science, which focuses on the digitally upgraded city—the so-called smart city. A smart city is an algorithmically optimized urban space and at the same time property held and used in common. Its structuring thus necessarily involves close cooperation between humans and intelligent machines. Such cooperation requires creativity, codetermination, and responsibility. The design and architecture sectors are in particular demand here—as is the participation of the smart city’s inhabitants. For they are confronted daily with its challenges and are at the same time eminently qualified to exploit the potential for meaningful work in and on the city, and thus to sustainably improve the quality of communal life. In structuring this new living environment, design—next to architecture—plays a crucial role. For through design we control how and where we come into contact with the smart objects and systems that surround us, how we interact with them—and they with us. What responsibilities do young designers have, and where does the potential of Citizen Science for our urban future lie?
The MAK FUTURE LAB is a creative laboratory founded by the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art. Through workshops, lectures,
panel discussions, and other formats the MAK FUTURE LAB generates interdisciplinary contributions to a humane shaping and
utilization of Digital Modernity. It positions design, architecture, and fine art as driving forces of socially, ecologically,
culturally, and economically sustainable market economy models. Through diverse cooperations, it networks these creative sectors
with the fields of science, research, business, and politics. The MAK FUTURE LAB aspires to develop both holistic orientation
models and strategies for the commons inspired by such models, as well as concrete, innovative business ideas for the future.