Symposium 26 september: Designing Responsible Smart Cities

Are you interested in how to incorporate ethical considerations into smart city developments? Are you curious about how to make constructive use of smart city controversies? Would you like to learn about design-based methods and tools to explore responsible smart city futures? Join us on 26 September 2022 for the closing symposium of the NWO funded project ‘Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities’ (

We welcome practitioners, academics and everybody interested in these topics to join us on this day.

Date: 26 September 2022
Time: 14.00 – 17.00 hr
Location: Future City headquarters, Amersfoort
The program of the symposium is in English. Participation is free.

What to expect

  • During this event we will present the outcomes and insights of the project,
  • including the digital tool  ‘Future Frictions’ developed to reflect on and discuss controversial smart city futures
  • and playbook with methods and techniques to foster ethical reflection on the impacts of technology.

We aim to have an interactive and inspiring conversation not only to present our results, but also to identify with you ways to disseminate and apply them to practice in the years to come.


14:00 Opening (prof. dr. ir. Mascha van der Voort, University of Twente)

14:10 The need for creative forms of engagement to co-shape responsible smart city futures

  • On the importance of incorporating ethical considerations in smart cities (prof. dr. ir. Peter-Paul Verbeek, University of Twente – online)
  • Controversing: what is it about and why does it matter? (dr. Michiel de Lange, Utrecht University)

14:40 Our methods and tools for engagement: Smart Cities Cook-it Book (dr. ir. Julieta Matos-Castaño)

15:00 Experience scenario-based tool for ethical reflection on smart cities: Future Frictions (Anouk Geenen and dr. ir. Corelia BaibaracDuignan, University of Twente)

16:00 Guided discussion with participants: how to put the project’s insights into practice? (dr. ir. Julieta Matos-Castaño and dr. ir. Corelia BaibaracDuignan, University of Twente)

17:00 Borrel

About the project
Future Frictions is an outcome of the project “Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities”, with input from University of Twente, Utrecht University, and a consortium of public and private partners. Future Frictions emerged through a collaboration between our project and a collective of creative coders; Creative Coding Utrecht (CCU) and Katpatat. CCU is a community of makers with the aim to share knowledge and collaboratively explore the artistic potential of self-made soft- and hardware for creative expressions.

More information on the project can be found at

For more information about the symposium please contact Wendolijn Beukers, E: