Building (Information Modelling) Real Smart Cities. 12 March 2019.

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This one day workshop will focus on the impact of Building Information Modelling on the development of the urban landscape and the academic disciplines involved in the built environment. This workshop will take place within the framework of the Marie-Curie Sklodowska RISE Real Smart City Project ( which is underpinned by the premise that digital technologies function as pharmaka, both as curative and toxic. The pharmacological nature of digital technologies allows us to consider how digital technologies can have a beneficial effect in society but also an understanding that digital technologies can be have negative effect on society. The workshop will investigate the impact the digital technologies are having on the construction of knowledge (epistemology) and the cultural production (aesthetics) within the space of the urban landscape of the city. BIM is a digital technology which is having a massive impact on the built environment and the construction industry at the moment and it is therefore important and opportune that BIM become the focus of interest. The implementation of BIM within the built environment is radically changing the practices of the disciplines involved in the construction sector. The workshop sets out to investigate in relation to BIM:


  1. Modes of collaboration,
  2. Modes of Decontextualisation,
  3. Modes of employment change and loss,
  4. Modes of Education (primary, secondary and third level.


Whilst digital technologies offer to develop new urban services that improve cities’ operational performance, provide greater transparency and more interaction with citizens, and reduce the local environmental impact.The implementation of these Digital Technologies within the urban landscape is also posing ethical questions in relation to individual privacy over data and collective technocratic controlling mechanism.


This workshop will investigate the impacts that Building Information Modeling is having the practice of disciplines (architecture, built environment) and offer possible therapeutic solutions through the use of shared deliberation platforms, recycling platforms for waste, education opportunities such as mine craft. The workshop will bring together the partners of the Real Smart Cities project (Durham, Paris, Guayaquil) and the Digital Studies Network with leaders in the field of BIM.


Speakers include Professor Tamera McCuen (University of Oklahoma), Dr. Mark Shelbourn (Salford University), Dr. Poorang Piroozfar (University of Brighton), Professor Noel Fitzpatrick (TU Dublin), Professor Lloyd Scott, (TU Dublin), Mary Flynn (DCC), Donal Lally (GradCAM/TU Dublin)