Organized Session: The city's intangible cultural heritage The session departs from the new research direction of smart city learning that adds a new human-centered perspective to the so far functionalist vision of smart cities. The smart city learning approach does not address learning only as a way to train an adequate human capital but instead envisions learning as one of the driving forces of the smartness and well-being of a community. Unavoidably the underlying and ubiquitous techno-ecosystems - whose embedded intelligence, sensitivity and responsiveness surround the individuals - challenge the future of learning and call for a redefinition of spaces, contents, processes, skills and assessment approaches. In relation to this general idea, the organized session is going to focus on a specific aspect of this challenge: how to capture, represent, and disseminate the intangible cultural heritage of a city. In contrast to tangible cultural heritage (buildings, sites etc.), intangible cultural heritage focuses on cultural practices. The intangible cultural heritage of the city can thus be seen as something constituted by the inhabitants of the city in their daily living routines, giving meaning to places found in the city. This “meaning making” is subject to constant changes, some subtle, some more drastic (e.g. structural changes when a city loses its industrial traditions). For this special session we invite contributions that focus on how this intangible heritage of the city (and thus its inhabitants) can be captured, represented, and disseminated in order to learn about (historical or modern) practices in relation to the actual urban scape. Important dates: Abstract submission: May 24th, 2015 Full Paper submission: May 31, 2015 Acceptance notification: July 17, 2015 Camera ready: August 7, 2015
Event typeConference
LocationKyoto, JapanShow on map


  • Smart City Learning
  • Intangible Cultural Heritage