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MEDIA ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2016


5 April 2016

BE PART OF THE DIGITAL PLACEMAKING EXPERIENCE

"Keeping urban communities engaged is essential to creating liveable cities" says Dr Martin Tomitsch, Head of Design Lab at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney and General Chair of The Media Architecture Biennale 2016.

Come June 2016, the Media Architecture Biennale (MAB16) will project Sydney into the digital media spotlight. From June 1st, The Concourse in Sydney's Chatswood will host the world's leading experts in architectural digital technology for 4 days of conferences, seminars and symposia designed to discuss, assess and debate the impact of digital technology in the future design and development of smarter and more liveable cities.

Design and urban planning experts from around the globe will transform The Concourse, on Sydney's North Shore into a digital media technology hub, for the 5th international Media Architecture Biennale. From June 1st to June 4th, architectural and design professionals, academics, state and federal government representatives and specialised experts in digital placemaking will host a series of workshops, symposia and events designed to explore the existing and future impact of digital technologies on urban planning within global cities.

"Australia is one of the most highly urbanised cities in the world. With 69% of the population living in cities, urban planning is critical. Keeping urban communities engaged is essential to creating liveable cities, bringing people together in otherwise unused spaces is now a possibility and a reality with urban planning and digital placemaking," said Dr Martin Tomitsch, Head of Design Lab at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney and General Chair of The Media Architecture Biennale 2016.

Among the illustrious line-up of international guests attending The Media Architecture Biennale 2016 will be Ethan Kent, Senior Vice President at Projects for Public Spaces (PPS) in New York City. Mr. Kent has over 17 years experience at PPS, in that time he has travelled to more than 750 cities and 55 countries to advance the cause of digital placemaking and public space works to support placemaking organisations, projects and leadership around the world.

"We are very excited to host Mr Kent at The Media Architecture Biennale 2016, we look forward to hearing his strategies and opinions regarding the future of digital placemaking and how we might implement some of those ideas in Australia," said Dr Tomitsch.

The Media Architecture Biennale 2016 is presented as part of the Vivid Ideas program at Vivid Sydney, the world's largest festival of light, music and ideas.

For tickets please visit the MAB16 website.