Gemma John: Making Cities in a Digital Age

Anthropologist Gemma John spoke in the Smart City stream at the Anthropology + Technology 2020 Conference (now Response-ability Summit). Digital technology enables us to work, live and play virtually, which has thrown into question the value of physical spaces. However,…

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Anthropologist Gemma John spoke in the Smart City stream at the Anthropology + Technology 2020 Conference (now Response-ability Summit).

Digital technology enables us to work, live and play virtually, which has thrown into question the value of physical spaces. However, digital technology is still very much part of the creation of a physical space. Rather than considering digital platforms and social media engagement as an additional offering for customers only once a physical space has been designed and delivered, Gemma explores how digital technology is seamlessly interwoven into the design of physical spaces.

Gemma’s talk focuses on how the physical and digital come together and are co-created in the context of real estate projects as a way of thinking about smart cities in general. The examples she draws on include: the development and management of co-working and co-living spaces as well as the design of shopping centres and public libraries. By developing a deeper understanding of the dynamic between physical and virtual spaces, and indeed, challenging the boundary between them, Gemma argues that we can use AI in a more socially responsible way in relation to city-making.

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Read our interview with Gemma: https://response-ability.tech/delivering-social-value-in-the-built-environment/

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