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Digital Placemaking Heritage

Are heritage attractions doing enough to attract young visitors?

Jo Morrison,

Children and young people are often seen as passive inheritors of our heritage. Their portrayal in the popular media regularly suggests apathy and disinterest, just look at the photos that went viral of schoolchildren on their phones in the presence of a Rembrandt masterpiece (although it’s clear, some portrayals are certainly not accurate). However, as the Heritage Fund’s Sarah Lanchin says, “children and young people enjoy heritage and can become strong advocates for the future”.

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Digital Placemaking

Digital placemaking and the arts

Jo Morrison,

Layered Realities, Night Walk for Edinburgh, Brutalist Tapestry, Symbiosia… all recent intriguing projects that involve the artistic exploration of our public spaces through the use of digital technologies and searching storytelling. Whether developing data-driven systems, utilising image and audio AR or pushing the boundaries of 5G infrastructure, arts, culture and technology are inseparable.

This article highlights a range of ways in which artists are employing technologies to foster a sense of place in beautiful, playful and engaging ways.

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Man-made tree structures covered in plant-life and soft purple lighting, against the night sky

Digital Placemaking

Digital placemaking for health and wellbeing

Jo Morrison,

The imperative for our environments to support our health and wellbeing is high on the agendas of policy and practice worldwide – not to forget the agendas of citizens. This article explores some ways that location-based digital technologies are being used to help create more livable urban spaces. As such, it shows that a digital placemaking approach is a key element in creating the types of places where we wish to live.

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Connecting with nature through technology

App Insights Digital Placemaking

Connecting with nature through technology

Jo Morrison,

All too often digital technology is positioned as being in opposition to nature. In this article I’m choosing to explore another view. How are our digital technologies contributing to and enhancing our interactions with nature? I was spurred to pursue this theme for two reasons. Firstly, I recently spoke at…

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Digital Placemaking Regeneration

Four big themes from Future PropTech 2019

Kieron Gurner,

With an overarching theme of “open collaboration”, here are four key themes we took away from Future PropTech 2019 this May. Keen to learn (and contribute), Calvium’s Jo Morrison and Kieron Gurner spent the day among 2,000 other attendees, taking in panel debates, keynotes, case studies, workshops, round tables, networking opportunities and an 80+-strong exhibition.

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Tom Pokinko wearing glasses

App Insights Digital Placemaking

Good design is inclusive design: perspectives on digital accessibility with Tom Pokinko at Open Inclusion

Jo Morrison,

The world is finally waking up to the importance of accessibility. As we kick off our NavSta mobile wayfinding project with Transport for London, Connected Places and Open Inclusion, we sat down with Tom Pokinko, Research Director at Open Inclusion, to talk technology, accessibility, and why inclusive design (hopefully) won’t…

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A crowd of people gather outside, in front of a wooden wall to try the AR Door installation at Battersea Power Station

Digital Placemaking

8 great digital placemaking projects from around the globe

Jo Morrison,

The concept of shared, culturally significant spaces is as old as time itself. The ancient Greeks had agora, the Romans had forums, and medieval cities had bustling squares for trading. Since then, the relationships between people and place has been rethought multiple times. Now, with the rise of technology as…

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