Our future environments will be shared with people, technologies, animals, non-humans including robots and drones, and possible hybrid forms the precise nature of which remains uncertain and unknown. Emerging technologies, data, automation and early forms of AI are already becoming ubiquitous as part of our everyday environments, even if unequally globally and with differing social impacts. They are part of how we navigate, sense and feel where and who we are, in cities, at home, when commuting, or working. They contribute to how the experience of these places are refigured, for instance through the sharing economy, the use of personal data, or when automated public lighting makes public atmospheres perceptively shift. They are also part of policy and industry agendas, including smart cities, new mobility and digital health services.

This theme represents our commitment to ensuring that our future shared environments will be equitable, inclusive and sustainable. We call for attention to how they will feel - sensorially and emotionally - and to how they can be constituted in ways that engage citizens as stakeholders in their futures. This themes foregrounds experience and investigates how we might understand and design for future shared environments that are sustainable, inclusive and support human flourishing.


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