CityLab is not your usual conference, congress, festival or seminar. We are not planning an urban revolution, nor are we trying to create a digital city of the future. On the other hand, CityLab is a node in a complex network of people, narratives and institutions that create the culture of the place, a temporary space where people from different backgrounds meet to work together on new ideas and alternatives for the city. It is an unobvious urban laboratory in which we test both minor improvements, as well as potential trends and scenarios for the development of the city, regardless of how surprising or even incredible they may seem at first glance.
New media are changing the way we perceive and navigate the urban space, enriching it with additional layers of daily routine information, such as maps, timetables, social mechanisms of recommendation, etc. They allow users to create new meanings and take action in favour of the city, forming the seeds of a networked public sphere. These technologies are also becoming new research tools that offer hope for a better understanding of the processes taking place in the city.