Call for Participation 'Designing the Hybrid City' | TMC @ Shanghai World Expo 2010

updateThis was the call for participation for Desigining the Hybrid City. The official deadline for proposals for Open Sessions has passed on April 22nd 2010.

Download our Call for Participation ‘Designing the Hybrid City’ (PDF)

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for people to present projects that have made use of digital media technologies in urban design. For instance:

  • Architects who have incorporated new media technologies in their design process (e.g. social media or gps tracking).
  • Architects, designers and artists who have incorporated new media technologies in their designs (urban screens, responsive architecture).
  • Architects and urbanists who in their urban designs have anticipated the way citizens make use of digital media in everyday life.
  • Artists and/or civil organizations who have designed new media projects to intervene in urban (social and political) life.
  • Designers or artists who have made use of new media to enhance urban life or extend the experience of the physical city (mobile services, urban gaming, locative media art).
  • Academics and researchers who have studied and theorized the relation between physical cities, urban life and digital media.

See Main theme: ‘designing the hybrid city’ on our website for a full overview of design approaches.

Who is this for?

We invite all (future) professionals involved in the shaping of the 21st-century city to join us in Shanghai. Whether you are a city planner, architect, (academic) researcher, artist, media- or interface designer, or developer of mobile apps, what counts is that you have an open mind towards other disciplines, and that you like to discuss your ideas and experiences and show your best practices.

Program: keynotes and open sessions

‘Designing the Hybrid City’ consists of keynote lectures and panel discussions (August 16) and a day long program of ‘Open Sessions’ (August 17) in which participants are invited to showcase their own work and design approach or organize relevant debates or workshops. We currently accept proposals to host an ‘open session’.

Application Guidelines

We accept proposals to host an Open Session as part of the ‘Designing the Hybrid City’ event on Tuesday August 17. Open Sessions are initiated by participants. You may choose your own preferred form, i.e. lecture, showcase of a design project, presentation of a research project, art intervention, city tour, site specific intervention, discussion or workshop.


  • Proposals are welcome from professional professional urbanists, architects, planners, tech developers, artists, curators, researchers etc. worldwide.
  • The concept should fit within the theme of the conference.
  • You are invited to either organize a full session (workshop, debate, round table or other format), or you can send in proposals to just showcase and discuss your own project(s).
  • The working language of the conference is English.

Applicants should send the following:

  • Format of the session/presentation (including the time needed and additional equipment that is not mentioned as before).
  • Content and approach of the presentation? (max 350 words).
  • How does your project relate to the central theme? (max 200 words).
  • What audience are you aiming at? (max 200 words).
  • Up-to-date short bio and CV including links to previous work.

We offer:

  • Usual conference arrangements such as locations with chairs and tables, wifi, a flip board, a beamer, sound. Any materials needed beyond this will be the responsibility of the session host.
  • Free attendance and participation in the programme ‘Designing the Hybrid City’, including the conference and its additional programmes.
  • Documentation and dissemination of the results of ‘Designing the Hybrid City’ via The Mobile City channels (website, newsletter, social media platforms).
  • Excellent networking possibilities among peers and with audience members.

Please note that unfortunately we are not able to cover travel expenses for participants of our Open Sessions.


Proposals should be sent to no later than April 22 2010. If the number of applications exceeds the number of available time slots, the program committee will make a selection of proposals received. Notifications of acceptance will be given before May 1 2010.