Roundtable October 3: The Rise of 5G

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Roundtable October 3: The Rise of 5G
30/09/2021 – 13:56

The Rise of 5G is a public roundtable convened by Royal College of Art, Sheffield School of Architecture and the Finnish Institute London

Join a team of experts to explore how fifth-generation wireless (5G) is changing our urban infrastructure. To reach hyper-connectivity, 5G requires larger and more robust urban infrastructure. While marketers and councils are promoting the upgrade to a faster wireless protocol, the unplanned effects for the urban fabric have not been fully revealed nor discussed widely. How is the urban environment changing? How should it change? Who and what is being overlooked? How are urban ecologies being affected? In this roundtable we will explore the incorporation of 5G infrastructure and the ecologies around them at the intersection of urban aesthetics and techno-social challenges.


Rob van Kranenburg Is the Founder of the Internet of Things Council and Bricolabs. He works as Ecosystem Manager for the EU project Next Generation Internet. Rob wrote The Internet of Things: A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID, Institute of Network Cultures and co-edited Enabling Things to Talk published by Springer. He recently published Future Urban Smartness: Connectivity Zones with Disposable Identities also by Springer.

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos is Professor of Law & Theory and Director of The Westminster Law & Theory Lab, an international research centre in the heart of London with a vibrant series of events, publications, internships and research clusters. Andreas’s research interests are multiple and include critical legal theory, sociolegal studies, autopoiesis, philosophy, psychoanalysis, architecture, geography, art, ecophilosophy, object-oriented ontology, theology, phenomenology, and their critical instances of confluence.

Luis Hernan is a Lecturer in Architecture and Digital Cultures and the co-lead of the Masters in Urban Design at the Sheffield School of Architecture. Initially trained as an architect, Luis’ work explores the interface of technologies and space with everyday life and the urban environment, combining critical theory and design-based explorations. His work is based on the conviction that design can be used as a tactic of interrogating technology, and that spatial designers have a responsibility to challenge predominant discourses of progress and necessity in technological innovation.

Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa is a Senior Lecturer at Information Experience Design (IED) at The Royal College of Art and Associate Lecturer at Interdisciplinary Studios at the MA in Biodesign at University of the Arts London. Carolina’s research explores the challenges and opportunities found when living systems are understood as a form of matter for design. She is interested in understanding the cultures, practices, tools and economies of working and designing with living systems at different scales, ranging from experiences, products, architecture and urban ecologies. Carolina’s work also looks at imagining and delivering possible futures to challenge and provoke discourses of future technological, social, cultural, political, economic and environmental issues.

Sanna Lehtinen is a Research Fellow at the Transdisciplinary Arts Studies unit (TAS, prev. YoYo) at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (AaltoARTS). She is also a Docent in Aesthetics at the University of Helsinki. Her professional interests include urban/environmental/everyday aesthetics, philosophy of technology, and contemporary forms of environmental and urban art. I am the President of the Finnish Society for Aesthetics, a Codirector in the board of the international Philosophy of the City Research Group (PotC), and a Delegate in the Executive Committee of the International Association of Aesthetics (IAA).

The event is organised by Dr Delfina Fantini van Ditmar (Royal College of Art), Dr Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa (Royal College of Art), Dr Sanna Lehtinen (Aalto University) and Dr Luis Hernan (Sheffield School of Architecture). The Rise of 5G is hosted by the Finnish Institute London.



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