Redesigning Urban Inventions: City As A Service
 will inform and raise awareness about situated design opportunities for improving urban lives with computing...

Redesigning Urban Inventions: City As A Service


Museum of Contemporary Art
2000 NSW

Redesigning Urban Inventions: City As A Service


Moritz Behrens and Konstantinos Mavromichalis

Moritz Behrens and Konstantinos Mavromichalis (UK)

Architect & Lighting Designer

Konstantinos Mavromichalis and Moritz Behrens combine architecture and lighting design with interaction design to explore the notion of today’s architecture within mediated urban spaces.

In their work, Konstantinos and Moritz consider Sentiment Architecture as a practice that materialises human behaviours and emotions by combining interactive lighting and architectural form.

Recently and in collaboration with Arup, they designed and deployed the interactiveSentiment Cocoon, which collects the feelings of building occupants and visualises them through the medium of light evolving from a lightweight translucent structure. 

Their interactive media installations have been invited by Verve Cultural (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and the EU funded Connecting Cities (Berlin, Germany), Nuit Blanche (Toronto, Canada), displayed at the Ars Electronica Festival (Linz, Austria) and produced for the European Capital of Culture 2014 (Riga, Latvia).


Dr. Luke Hespanhol [Australia]

Dr. Luke Hespanhol

Lecturer, Computational Design at UNSW Australia

Dr. Luke Hespanhol is a media artist, researcher, lecturer, interaction designer and software developer based in Sydney, Australia.

His practice investigates the potential of media art to create engaging experiences that lead to reflection on the relationship between individuals and the immediate environment around them. He has explored these possibilities of public expression through the development of interactive media installations for academic research, galleries and public art festivals, including multiple editions of Vivid Sydney.

Luke holds a PhD from the Design Lab, University of Sydney, researching interactive media architecture and the user-centred design of hybrid urban environments.

He is a former guest researcher at the Department of Aesthetics and Communication at Aarhus University, Denmark, and resident at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, Austria. Luke is a lecturer in Computational Design at UNSW Australia and Co-Chair for both Workshops and the Student Competition at the Media Architecture Biennale 2016.

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Dr. M. Hank Haeusler [Australia]

Dr. M. Hank Haeusler

Director of Computational Design at UNSW Australia

Dr. M. Hank Haeusler is Discipline Director of Computational Design (CoDe) at Australian School of Architecture + Design at the University of New South Wales, Sydney; board member of the Media Architecture Institute, a non-profit organisation designed to complement the work of established universities and research institutions, and Lead CI of Encircle, an ARC Linkage Grant funded research group investigating responsive transport environments.

Haeusler is known as a researcher, educator, entrepreneur and designer in media architecture, digital technology, interaction design and ubiquitous computing and author of seven books listing publications such as ‘Media Facades – History, Technology, Content’ (avedition, 2009), ‘Infostructures’ (Freerange, 2010); ‘New Media Facades – A global Survey’ (avedition, 2012); ‘InterChanging’ (Spurbuch, 2014); and over 30 book chapters and conference papers.

He has lectured in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia and was appointed Visiting Professor at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing in 2013.

Steven Bai, Redesigning Urban Inventions: City As A Service

Steven Bai

Product Designer & Interaction Design Researcher

Steven Bai is an award-winning anti-disciplinary creative leader and maker, who pursues to motivate sustained changes in people’s everyday behaviours by creating immersive experiences that are both playful and meaningful. Steven completed his Bachelor of Design Computing with First Class Honours at the University of Sydney, and his Honours research in persuasive technology was awarded with the University Medal. He was later awarded with the John C. Harsanyi Alumni Award Medal for his contribution to international communities. 

Steven has worked in the creative industry on cross-platform projects and media installations since 2011, and his work has been featured in many international exhibitions and conferences including Beijing Design Week 2015. He developed the initial idea for the TetraBIN product, which (the initial prototype) was then exhibited at Vivid Sydney.


Dr Mirko Guaralda

Dr Mirko Guaralda

Senior Lecturer in Architecture

Dr. Mirko Guaralda is Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the Queensland University of Technology; he currently is also Post-Graduate Coordinator for Architecture and CIF Research Ethics Advisor. Mirko’s background includes experience in architectural design, landscape architecture and urban design; his research focuses on People-Place interaction.

Mirko’s work analyses cityscapes through the identification of recurrent patterns, building typologies and design principles. The identity and character of a site are interpreted analysing also lived experiences and uses of the build environment. Mirko’s research aims to provide a better understanding of urban dynamics, at different scales, to support a positive development and/or management of our cities.

Redesigning Urban Inventions: City As A Service

Glenda Amayo Caldwell

Researcher and Lecturer

Glenda Amayo Caldwell is a researcher in the Urban Informatics Research Lab and a lecturer in Architecture at the Queensland University of Technology. Her research focuses on the effect technology has on the experience of the city where architectural design methods and theories are combined with interactive media and urban informatics for community engagement.

She explores how the use of technology weaves the different disciplines of architecture, urban design, media design, interaction design and urban informatics together to create opportunities for social interaction to occur within the digital and physical layers of the urban environment. Of particular interest are Media Architecture, participatory design, community engagement, guerrilla research tactics, and place-making to promote sensitive architecture that responds to the needs of the community. 

Urban invention founders who are invited by Steven Bai 2016

Amelie Künzler & Sandro Engel (Germany)


Sandro Engel graduated from the HAWK Faculty of Design in Hildesheim with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Digital Media. He has always been interested in the graffiti and the street-art movement, and had already established a special relationship with urban space while he was at the univeristy. He originally launched the StreetPong project together with Holger Michel.

Amelie Künzler is currently completing her Master’s degree at the HAWK Faculty of Design in Hildesheim and previously attained her Bachelor in Product Design from the same faculty. Shortly after the start of the project, she got onboard with the StreetPong team.

Since then, she has been driving the product development of the traffic-signal button forward along with Sandro Engel, she is part of the management of the company Urban Invention.

Founded by the duo, Urban Invention aims to question everday situations in urban life and reinvent them, and they firmly believe that certain problems in the urban area are supposed to be solved in a playful and exciting way.

Amelie and Sandro are talking at Redesigning Urban Invention - CIty As A Service.


Event Details

Redesigning Urban Inventions: City As A Service
 will inform and raise awareness about situated design opportunities for improving urban lives with computing technology. 

In 2008, the United Nations reported that more than half the global population of approximately 6.7 billion people were living in cities. The increasing human density in urban areas has resulted in more frequent use of public urban services or products and more interactions with urban infrastructure. 

Join us in re-envisioning the City as a Service to alleviate the issues of mass global urbanisation, and explore the important role of embedded technologies and intelligent infrastructure in shaping our lives and cities in the future.

A live demo session will showcase current work in the field, while expert talks and a discussion panel will inspire audiences to look at cities from a novel and innovative perspective.

This event is ideal for academic researchers, industry professionals, students and anyone interested in 'Smart Cities', media architecture, interaction design and public art.

This event is presented, and will be facilitated by, Dr. Luke Hespanhol and Steven Bai.


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