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Katowice, Open City Project Hosts: Krzysztof Trzewiczek | Professor Krzysztof Lenk Project Summary/Exhibition: mid November

Katowice, Open City is an interdisciplinary project on city information design for those interested in infographics and data visualisation as well as urban activists and NGOs.

their work will then be presented as part of an exhibition summarising the project.

The initial phase of the project will involve collecting data and issues which pester the daily lives of residents, civil servants and NGO representatives. Afterwards, an interdisciplinary team will conduct a series of workshops to provide solutions the selected problems. The results of

years, so that Katowice can join the group of cities and organisations working towards greater data accessibility. Education activity concerning information design will continue in conjunction with the most renowned experts in the field.

The infographics created as part of the workshops will demonstrate that clear and attractive The aim of this pilot undertaking is to promote data visualisations can both make residents’ the idea of a transparent city and open access to lives easier and create an environment for makinformation as well as to develop competences ing informed decisions about private residence, concerning analysis, interpretation and presen- investments and city development. tation of large databases. The project will be developed in subsequent


Design process


How we are doing it: Until mid September, the project coordinator will be collecting ideas and proposals from all those intending to facilitate residents’ access to information on Katowice. November will see the launch of workshops as part of which an interdisciplinary team of analysts and designers, supervised by information design specialists, will start work on the data collected.

NGO representatives will consult the work of the project team in order to find the best solutions for particular tasks and problems. In November we will launch a special exhibition to present the outcomes achieved in the pilot phase of the project and a website displaying a selection of Katowice related infographics.


What data we want to gather: • various large databases on the city, • information on complex decision making processes in the city, • information on services/projects eligible for amendment and/ or improvement.


Prof. Krzysztof Lenk Krzysztof Lenk is an accomplished designer and an acknowledged expert of information design. He is a graduate of the Katowice Branch of Krakow’s Academy of Fine Arts and Professor Emeritus at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, US. Lenk co-created Dynamic Diagrams, a pioneering studio dedicated to digital publication design, which delivered projects

for the likes of MIT, HP and World Health Organisation. A prolific publicist and critic, he has authored many articles on various aspects of design. Lenk is also a dedicated university lecturer and inspiring figure to many internationally acclaimed designers. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice.


Krzysztof Trzewiczek Krzysztof Trzewiczek is a musician, artist, creator of software for government openness applications and designer, specialising in user interfaces, data handling and visualisation. He has long been involved in software programming

workshops for artists and NGOs as well as creating interactive systems for theatre and live electronics music software. Trzewiczek is an ardent advocate of culture and software openness.


Partners: Projekt dofinansowano ze środków Ministerstwa Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego

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