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Digitalt byliv – Oslo, 24. May

This spring we are organising a conference in Oslo called ‘Digitalt byliv’ (meaning 'digital urban life'). The conference looks at the possibilities and challenges posed by digital technologies in urban life and has an impressive line up of local and international speakers.


‘Digitalt byliv’ will be held at DogA in Oslo on 24. May 2013. The conference is organised by the YOUrban project (Oslo School of Architecture and Design) and Statsbygg (state agency responsible for all major public construction and property management in Norway) in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment, Foundation for Design and Architecture in Norway and the Research Council of Norway.

Digital urban living

The intention behind this conference is to put the digital city and digital urban living on the public agenda. Rapid developments within digital media and networking technologies spur us to reformulate how we understand cities, urban development, architecture and everyday life. The conference sets out to explore the characteristics of the digital city – and the challenges that arise in terms of politics, planning and knowledge production – by bringing in international experts from disciplines of interaction design, architecture, urbanism and technology.


The conference will be opened by State Secretary Ellen Øseth from the Ministry of the Environment, who will be followed by a great line up of international and local speakers:

Adam Greenfield is a New York City-based writer and urbanist. He is the founder and managing director of Urbanscale and the author of Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing (2006), Urban computing and its discontents (2007, with Mark Shepard) and the forthcoming ‘The city is here for you to use’.

Dan Hill is CEO of Fabrica, a communications research centre and transdisciplinary studio based in Treviso, Italy, and part of the Benetton group. A designer and urbanist, he has previously held leadership positions at Sitra (the Finnish Innovation Fund), Arup, Monocle, and the BBC. He is strategic design advisor for Domus magazine, as well as writing

Russell Davies is a writer and communications strategist. He is Creative Director at Government Digital Service (UK), a partner at RIG and a founder of Newspaper Club. The Government Digital Service is a new team within Cabinet Office tasked with transforming government digital services.

James Bridle is a writer, artist and technologist based in London, UK. He exhibits and speaks worldwide on the subjects of literature and technology, networks and culture. His work can be found at

Matt Ward is an educator, designer and obsessive amateur photographer. He runs the undergraduate design programme at Goldsmiths (University of London) and is part of the post-disciplinary, semi-fictional design syndicate DWFE. He writes and lectures on design, technology, drawing, maps, education and ‘the future’.

Timo Arnall is creative director at BERG in London and research fellow in interaction design at the Oslo School of Architecture & Design. Timo’s design work is about developing and explaining emerging technologies through filmsvisual experiments, speculative productsvisualisations and interfaces.

Andrew Morrison is the Director of the Centre for Design Research at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Andrew is the project leader for the Verdikt-funded research-project YOUrban. Andrew works on aspects of playful experimentation in mobile technologies in the city and the digital mediation of locative articulations of social media in urban settings.

Even Westvang is a partner at Bengler – an Oslo based digital product development studio working primarily with social media through the projects and During the past couple of years he has created a series of rhetorical projects and visualizations to demonstrate the usefulness of public data.

Hege Maria Eriksson is the professional director of architecture at Norsk Form – the Foundation for Design and Architecture in Norway. Hege is an architect and writer working with Norwegian architectural policies and strategies for the profession. In addition, Hege has overall project responsibility for the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2013.

Diderik Haug is a Senior Engineer at Statsbygg and a part of Statsbygg’s research division. Haug has since 2004  been leading Statsbygg’s development and implementation of digital Building Information Modeling (BIM).

Einar Sneve Martinussen is an interaction designer and researcher working with technology, cities and everyday life. Einar is a PhD fellow and teacher at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and a part of the research project YOUrban. His work includes visualisations of technology, films, interactive products and exhibitions. Einar is a part of the Oslo-based design studio Voy.

Practical information

The majority of the ‘Digitalt byliv’-programme will be held in English, but talks from a few local contributes will be in Norwegian.

Tickets are available through the conference website, or, for non-norwegian participants, by contacting us directly. Earlybird-tickets costs 1.500 NOK/ ca 200 Euro (until 24 April), while the ordinary price is 2.000 NOK / ca 270 Euro. We also have a limited number of student-tickets at only 400 NOK / ca 55 Euro.

Digitalt byliv is held at DogA in Hausmansgate 17 by Grünerløkka in Oslo. The programme runs from 09.00-17:00, with registration from 08:00.

Contact: Einar Sneve Martinussen –



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