Media Architecture is a broad term that encompasses the integration of sensors and screens, sonic, visual, and tactile interfaces, materials, and displays, and data capture and display in the built environment. Media Architecture includes, but is not limited to, urban screens, media facades, public projection, augmented reality, interactive multimedia installations, digital signage and wayfinding, and the physical, social, political, and technical systems and infrastructure that support them. Media Architecture, in its development, integration, management, and use, can support corporate advertisements, data extraction, and civic spectacle. Media Architecture can also serve as a means to foster civic engagement and empowerment, develop appreciation and capacity in art and design sectors, and shape collective identity by directly addressing issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in both content and form.
The Media Architecture Biennale (MAB) is the world’s premier event on media architecture, urban interaction design, and urban informatics. It brings together architects, artists and designers, leading thinkers on urban design, key industry and government representatives as well as community activists. Together, they explore the design and role of media in the built environment and its implications for urban communities and ecosystems.
Previous MABs have been held in Amsterdam/Utrecht (2020), Beijing (2018), Sydney (2016), Aarhus (2014, 2012), Vienna (2010), Berlin (2008), and London (2007). MAB23 Toronto will be the first time the event will be held on Turtle Island (North America).
MAB23 will take place on June 14-15, 2023 (Online) AND June 21-23, 2023 (In-Person in Toronto, Canada).
The week-long event attracts approximately 400 people every two years, and features keynotes, academic paper and industry roundtable sessions, symposia, workshops, exhibitions, an awards ceremony, and a gala dinner. It also includes a number of related activities with partner organizations in the year before the event including talks, roundtable discussions, and exhibitions that help to introduce the themes of the event and build connections with audiences and organizations.
MAB23 is planned as a hybrid event in order to blend the advantages of in-person engagement while building on the fully-online MAB20 which welcomed more than 680 attendees from 68 countries. A hybrid conference is also more accessible and equitable, lowering barriers to participation.
Calls for papers, workshops, and other aspects of the event will be released by the Fall of 2022. More information about format and venues will be available at that time as well.
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