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How do we shape the future of human and non-human relationships in public space?

Thursday 12 December 10:15-13:00 14:00-16:30
Curated and hosted by Lily Higgins and Elise Marcus

30 years from now

30 years from now in Rotterdam, the way we design, relate to, and interact in public space has shifted. The interactions between human and non-human, human and human, non-human and non-human, and the grey-area in between will present us with new dilemmas, opportunities, and norms in the public realm.

Part 1: Mapping Implications & Connecting Unlikely Dots

In this hands-on workshop, we’ll map the implications of plausible IoT developments beyond the next few years, and explore the future of the rules, regulations, and norms of public space that will shape how we design and use these spaces. How do we define our desired interactions in and with public space? How much do we want to intervene in defining the rules of interaction, and where is the boundary between public and private? How will we change the built environment and how will it change us? 

Part 2: Speculative Sign-Making & Urban Intervention

Building on the insights from mapping implications, we’ll explore the archetype of the mundane street sign to create tangible speculative artefacts. With speculative signs in hand, we’ll hit the streets of Rotterdam to install our artefacts in public space. Where do the signs of tomorrow find a space in today’s city? What do these new rules mean for the next 30 years of city-making? We’ll reflect on the results of these inquiries in order to deepen the dialogue around future rules of public space within and beyond Thingscon.

Program Day 1

Our program on Thursday the 12th

Day 1 of Thingscon 2019 we will shape the future narratives of the responsible IoT and beyond together. You can dive deep with peers, thought leaders, innovators, and researchers from the ThingsCon community and beyond:

Full program

Program Day 2

Our program on Friday the 13th

Day 2 of Thingscon 2019 is about the current state of the responsible IoT. You can get inspiration from thought leaders and practitioners from the field, get hands-on with the latest tools & insights and be part of the leading discours. To end Thingscon will present a State of the Responsible IoT in 2019:

Full program


12 / 13 December, Rotterdam

Date and time

Thursday, 12 dec. 2019, 09:00 – 19:00 (CET)
Friday, 13 dec. 2019, 09:00 – 20:00 (CET)


Het Nieuwe Instituut
25 Museumpark, 3015 CB Rotterdam (map)