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creative systems thinking as it relates to architecture, urban design, and technologies

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5 Digital Data Collaborations & Data Governance

The Public Gratification Palace acts as a facilitator and driver for participatory designs, as well as an approach to incorporate city dialogues in our everyday interactions, whether that be over online exchanges, or in-person discussions on the street. Like other social media or digital platforms, (re)-creating an online environment for urban planning and design comes with similar challenges, such as population and spatial biases, privacy issues, difficulties in processing valuable information, in addition to the challenges regarding data mining, transparency and authenticity. This proposal acknowledges that participation using technological tools can be in themselves subject to exclusivity, such as digital accessibility and data usage. “Every extension is also an amputation,” quoting Marshall McLuhan.

    By understanding the flow of information and of responsibilities within successful digital data collaborations and data governance, it strengthens the relationship of the actors in the data ecosystem, and their capacities to monitor changes in data usage. In the same spirit of collaboration between top-down and bottom-up stakeholders –a key motivator for this paper –I see the mapping of the following diagram as a dialogue initiator and facilitator, with as many actors as possible, to develop a healthy collaboration with well-defined relationships and decision-making processes. Simply put, creating a digital framework and platform in existing urban and planning processes invites new stakeholding entities; consequently, it invites new forms of collaborations and transdisciplinary approaches.

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