In recent decades, cities have emerged as a dominant arena to address the grand challenges facing humanity. And urban experiments are at the heart of these change processes, using situated innovation activities to catalyse new modes of urban development. In this keynote presentation, from the Experimental Cities conference 2017, Andrew reflects on the conceptual underpinnings of urban experiments as well as the opportunities and pitfalls that these activities have on the evolution of cities.
Andrew Karvonen is Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Studies at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. In his research, he draws on ideas from the social sciences and the design disciplines to understand how society and technology are implicated in the coproduction of sustainable urban futures. His is the author of Politics of Urban Runoff: Nature, Technology and the Sustainable City (The MIT Press) and co-editor of The Experimental City (Routledge) in addition to multiple journal articles and book chapters.