(un)Perfect Storm

A programme in development

A "perfect storm" is an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically. The term is also used to describe an actual phenomenon that happens to occur in such a confluence, resulting in an event of unusual magnitude. The term perfect storm can also be used to describe the simultaneous rise of four so-called disruptive technologies: mobile, cloud computing, smart systems and social media. This perfect storm is brought to us by the industry with the promise of 'the smart city', more efficiency and the optimization of the urban society. There are enough clues to question this technology push and search for desirable scenarios. Within the (un)Perfect Storm programme interdisciplinary teams guided by Waag Society and ARCAM will develop scenarios for the near future.

The city as context

The city is in a constant flux, with streams of people, goods and traffic but also of data and mobile communication: the city and technology become more and more interwoven. How do sensor and mobile infrastructures influence the way we experience the city, go about with locations and people, keep ourselves up to date, react, participate and create? With intuative interfaces people are able to connect to their environment in a new and different way. For example, people can take control by collecting data in their own environment, share it and visualize it. Does the city become ‘smart’, ‘social’, ‘healthy’ by doing so, or maybe something else? What kind of city can we expect emerging after the ‘perfect storm’ has passed us?

This project is made possible by a subsidy from the Creative Industries Fund NL.

Duration of the project: 
01-01-2013 to 01-01-2014