Creative Engineering and Design Thinking Boot Camp: becoming a modern tourist in old Lisbon



BEST Lisbon Summer Course 2015
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BEST Lisbon Summer Course 2015

Creative Engineering and Design Thinking Boot Camp: becoming a modern tourist in old Lisbon

Students to be involved in the 2015 BEST Design Thinking Boot Camp will design solutions for real urban challenges emerging in Lisbon. Students will be organized in teams of 3 to 4 students, bringing together a wide range of science, engineering, management, urban planning and architecture skills. Each team will address a specific challenge (as listed below), by observing current crowds of tourists over two weeks in August in old Lisbon and by designing human-centred systems and new technical solutions to help promoting a new culture of doing tourism in the digital world.

How to help current tourists to learn sustainable paths of making tourism? How to help old cities and their local citizens to improve quality-of-service, while preserving their local heritage?

To answer these questions, the 2015 BEST Design Thinking Boot Camp will experience new learning paths for tourists, through knowing, making and playing in the fabric of the physical and digital worlds towards modern and sustainable cities.

The ultimate goal is to foster modern tourists in old urban systems, which involve multidisciplinary work with professionals from different backgrounds and are as much about the process, institutional design and mobilization, as about development of specific expertise and substantial theories. In contrast to traditional urban planning, more recent planning of innovative cities and regions focus on the participation, communication and interaction of the various stakeholders involved in the planning process, making use of advanced technical skills and design solutions.

Accordingly, the 2015 BEST Design Thinking Boot Camp has been planned in a way to allow students to experience a new framework of creative engineering and design thinking oriented to foster the use and application of new technologies and services by tourists. The goal is to tackle the ever critical issues of local mobility and sustainability, together with preserving local heritages and promoting local economic development.


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