UrbanIxD Summer School

Theme: Designing Interactions in the Networked City

Split, Croatia ::  23rd Aug - 1st Sept 2013 :: school website: www.urbanixdsummerschool.eu

Speakers: Andrew Shoben : Nicolas Nova : Dinko Peračić (Platforma 9.81) : Susa Pop : Liam Young

Atelier Leaders: Carlos J. Gómez de Llarena : Chris Hand : Tobias Revell : Gordan Savičić

Local Atelier Coordinator: Sara Božanić

The UrbanIxD project Summer School took place in the beautiful and historic town of Split in Croatia. It was an interdisciplinary, workshop event hosted by the Department of Visual Communications Design, Arts Academy, University of Split. The team in Split has been running interaction design workshops - Interakcije -for eight years. As well as the line up of inspirational speakers, participants worked in groups lead by experienced atelier leaders. At the end of the week, the work created by the participants was presented as an open exhibition. See the videos created during the school here.

Participants were selected to achieve a good balance within the atelier groups, so that everyone had the best possible experience of interdisciplinary work. The School was particularly aimed at three main groups of participants: Students, particularly postgraduate or research students; Researchers and Academics with up to five years working experience; and Working Practitioners with up to five years working experience, in the domains of Design, Interaction Design, Architecture, Urban Design & Planning, New Media Art, Technology, Sociology, Anthropology and other related disciplines


Andrew Shoben - Nicolas Nova - Dinko Peračić & Miranda Veljačić (Platforma 9.81) - Susa Pop - Liam Young


Andrew Shoben is the founder of greyworld, a world renowned artists' collective who create art in public spaces. His work finds expression through the mediums of installation, sculpture and multiples. His primary objective is to create public art that involves the human in an urban context.  greyworld.org


Nicolas Nova is a writer, ethnographer, and a consultant at the Near Future Laboratory. He undertakes field studies to inform and evaluate the creation of innovative products and services in the domains of video games, mobile and location-based media as well as networked objects/robots. Nicolas has given talks and exhibited his emerging technology projects, designs and concepts in venues such SXSW, AAAS, O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference and the design week in Milano, the Institute for the Future, the the MIT Medialab, the Annenberg Center for Communication (Los Angeles). He also teaches design ethnography and interaction design at HEAD-Genève and ENSCI-Les Ateliers in Paris. He is curator for Lift Conference, a series of international events about digital culture and innovation.   nearfuturelaboratory.com/pasta-and-vinegar

Dinko i Miranda.jpg

Platforma 9,81 an association for architectural research

Platforma 9.81 are a collective of architects from Croatia engaged collaboratively and independently in the critical rethinking and debate of urban planning and public space. Working as architects they take part in the production and transformation of the built environment, yet this practice is closely entwined with their active involvement in the organization of platforms for discussion and research into economic and cultural shifts, desires and realities that become tangible through architectural transformations.

Dinko Peračić and Miranda Veljačić, from Platforma 9.81, focus in their research particularly on the Croatian coastline driven by rapid tourist development, as well as other cultural and spatial transformations of coastlines. Their other projects include an investigation into the swift changes in Croatia during the period of transition and an activation of a network of temporary public spaces for cultural activities in abandoned premises. They are based in Split, Croatia.  platforma981.hr


Susa Pop is an urban media curator and producer based in Berlin. In 2003 she founded Public Art Lab (PAL) as a network of experts from the fields of urban planning, new media arts and IT. Susa Pop is interested in creative community building through networking art projects that catalyse communication processes in the public space. She initiated most of the PAL projects like the Connecting Cities Network, Media Facades Festivals, Mobile Studios and Mobile Museums. She also speaks worldwide at conferences and workshops on urban media and gives lectures at several universities like University of Potsdam / European Media Science, FH Potsdam / Arts Management, Computer Science at HTW Berlin, International Management at SRH Berlin.


Liam Young is an architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He is founder of the think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today, a group who explore the possibilities of fantastic, speculative and imaginary urbanisms and co runs the ‘Unknown Fields Division’, a nomadic studio that travels on expeditions to the ends of the earth to investigate forgotten landscapes, alien terrains and industrial ecologies. Liam’s projects develop fictional speculations as critical instruments to survey the consequences of emerging environmental and technological futures.

Atelier leaders:  

Carlos J. Gómez de Llarena - Chris Hand - Tobias Revell - Gordan Savičić

Local Atelier Coordinator:  Sara Božanić 



Carlos J. Gómez de Llarena is a Venezuelan media architect working at the intersection of physical and digital design. His projects blend technology and built environments, creating experiences that shape social interactions as well as our perceptions of spaces. He has been awarded a Golden Nica by Ars Electronica, an artist residency at Eyebeam and a US Patent, among other achievements. He is currently in New York City where he lives with his family and works in his interaction design studio. In his spare time he edits his blog, City Interface.   Med44.com


Chris Hand is an interaction designer with over 20 years experience as an educator. He specialises in teaching workshops and hack-labs, particularly introducing “just enough technology” to creative people of all disciplines so they can incorporate it into their practice. Chris has an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art, London, and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK. Since 2010 he has lived and worked in India. He is currently Head of Communication Design at Pearl Academy, New Delhi.   www.mungbean.net 


Tobias Revell is an artist, designer and educator from London. As an artist, he exhibits worldwide, most recently at Milan Design Salon, Z33 in Belgium and, in July, at Ars Electronica. As a designer he's an associate with design-futures studio Superflux and works with ARUP's Foresight + Innovation team. He teaches Design for Interaction and Moving Image at University of The Arts London and guests on numerous other programs. He also moonlights as a music video animator and DJ. www.tobiasrevell.com


Gordan Savičić was born in Austria/Vienna and grew up there, though he spent some time in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is a researcher and Critical Engineer. The main research areas explored through his projects include game cultures, digital and urban interventions, architecture, pervasive computing as well as open source technologies. As a practicing media artist he has exhibited projects and performances throughout Europe, Asia and South-America and received various awards. www.yugo.at


Sara Božanić is a CEO and founder of the Institute for Transmedia Design, based in Slovenia. She is a ‘hybrid’ – a designer, strategist, educator and thinker. She has been working for many years on the promotion of interaction and interactive design disciplines in the region, organising events, design labs and lectures. As a consultant she has worked on various international projects in the field of creative economy. Sara believes that digital opens new paths to the public and fosters an endless series of design possibilities. In 2011 she was given a Young Creative Entrepreneur Media Award by the British Council.  www.mortal-trade.com