Nazli is working in the PACT project (Pure Air in Cities of Things). In this project, the aim is to develop novel methods and tools for understanding and demonstrating how smart things can act in concert with people and connect to existing data and cloud services. The aim is to investigate what defines an object with an agency in the urban context and how citizens and smart agents could operate next to each other in a smart city.

The current applications in smart city are often limited to sensing only. In this arrangement, urban innovation stops at collecting data with sensors, visualizing it on an app, and opening it for insights. We envision that in the next iteration towards a smart city, a new urban layer will be added to the DNA of the city: the intelligence of things. As objects of everyday use become more intelligent and adaptive (from urban furniture to self-driving vehicles), things will become part of the city infrastructure and begin to work in concert with people. However, there is a lack of empirical understanding and public demonstrators how these smart things and citizens will operate together in the new smart city.


Nazli Cila is a design researcher at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Digital Life Centre), and TU Delft (Connected Everyday Lab). She studied product design and obtained her PhD degree from Delft University of Technology, Department of Industrial Design working on the topic of how designers can create effective and aesthetic metaphors to communicate with users through products. She has presented her work at numerous international conferences and published in preeminent journals such as Design Studies, the International Journal of Design, and Empirical Studies of the Arts. Her current research combines data-driven design and design anthropology, in which she aims to better understand people and offer design solutions for improving their health and well-being through the use of sensor technologies, AI, and co-design methods.

  • Prof. dr. Elisa Giaccardi