Typotage 2015: Urban Digital Literacy

»Urban Literacy — Reading and Writing the Postdigital City«
Lecture by Prof. Klaus Birk
at the 21st Leipziger Typotage 2015
»Type and Public Space«

May 9, 2015
Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig

The city forms a compressed web of diverse spaces. It’s about the built environment, but just as well about visual information or social interactions defining spatial (and readable) relationships. Through the digital networks of cities and their inhabitants, diverse semantic aspects of urban spaces and their temporal occurrence become visible. Contrary to the idea of an immaterial digital level, as described by postmodernism, digitality in many ways forms the physical appearance of the city and its dynamic use. What are the opportunities for innovation and orientation arise from these developments? How can designers not only make them readable, but also be a driving force in defining them? Specific examples from research and practice will be taken as a reference for discussion.