Cyberparks – Creating Inclusive and Mediated Public Spaces

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  • 3 a 7 de Julho 2017
  • 09h30 às 13h00 e das 14h30 às 17h00 – 30h


Innovations in Information and Communications Technology (ICTs) have revolutionised the way we work, learn, how we communicate and even how we spend our free time.

Ubiquitous technologies are changing the world, both in terms of sociability and subjectivity, and these are consequently changing how people experience the city, appreciate urban landscape and nature, along with the way people interrelate to each other and with the space.

On the other hand, digital technologies enable people to capture and share personal experiences in new ways, creating new forms of learning, gathering, and communicating across multiple contexts.

This digital challenge poses some questions about the future of the city, its features and their management.

Our main objective is to discuss different aspects of the penetration of digital technology into the city and more specifically into public open spaces, and to spark the interest in topics as inclusiveness and co-creation in the digital era.

The participants will reflect on the interactions between people, places, and technology and will investigate how to make use of the opportunities digital technologies are opening up to engage and activate citizens around the public spaces in urban areas.

With the participants’ intervention we will produce ideas to guide the production of better public spaces or to design recommendations in the sense of policy, strategies and practices advises – setting the stage for long-term success for strategies that are more people-driven than just high tech.

In a five days’ programme, participants will work in small interdisciplinary teams towards increasing the understanding on approaches for the co-creation of inclusive public open spaces via digital devises.

The programme includes lectures, workshops and field trips with leading researchers of the CyberParks Project (

Participants will also be encouraged to share and exchange their own knowledge and experiences.


Prof Carlos Smaniotto Costa (PhD) holds a diploma degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and a PhD degree in Urban and Landscape Planning from the Leibniz University Hanover/Germany.

He is professor of Landscape Design and Urban Ecology in Masters and PhD programmes in Urban Planning at the Lusófona and member of its Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Education and Development, where he is the coordinator of the research unit on Territorial Studies.

He has been working in different research projects with different issues but all centred in sustainable urban development and transforming cities in more liveable spaces.

He has several publications in professional journals in Portuguese, German, English, and Italian.

Research interests

Spatial development, urban development, urban regeneration, urban ecology, landscape design & planning, green spaces development, environment and nature in urban development, public spaces, design and use of public spaces, process-oriented / participation in urban development.