Martijn de Waal

Towards a Citizen’s centered IoT. Panel report at Thingscon 2017.

How can we develop an IoT from a citizen’s perspective? What kind of projects have empowered citizens and what does it take to get these kind of projects of the ground? Those were…

Digital Cities 9 Workshop on Hackable Cities Programme

Digital Cities 9 Workshop “Hackable Cities: From Subversive City Making to Systemic Change” 27 June 2015, University of Limerick   The Digital Cities workshop series started in 1999, and is the longest running…

Lecture (11/6): Hybrid City Storytelling – Dimitris Charitos

We are pleased to host our good friend and partner in various projects Dimtris Charitos of the Athens Hybrid City Conference here in Amsterdam. For everyone interested, he will give a lecture on…

The Mobile City zoekt Stagiaire

The Hackable City, Collaborative Citymaking in Urban Living Lab Buiksloterham Wat is de rol van nieuwe media in het betrekken van burgers in een ‘hackable’ proces van stadmaken? En wat zijn de mogelijkheden…

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Lecture Eric Gordon: Play, Games and Power (Amsterdam 23/6)

The VU Graduate School of Humanities in collaboration with NICA (and with the involvement of The Mobile City) organizes a lecture and masterclass with American researcher and game designer Eric Gordon.

We are looking for an intern ‘smart cities’ (Dutch speaking)

This fall, together with the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency The Mobile City will take part in a research project called Smart Cities in a Smart Society. We are looking for an intern that would like to assist us in this exciting new project!

Workshop Athens Hackable Metropolis May 5-7 2014

We are in Athens from May5-7 2014 organizing a workshop together with our friends from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athensth and the Hybrid City Conferences, as part of our research into Hackable Cities.

The City as Interface


The City as Interface. How New Media Are Changing The City is a book written by The Mobile City co-founder Martijn de Waal.

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The City as Interface

On the face of it, the rise of ‘urban media’ is mainly a practical matter: thanks to these technologies we can organize our lives more conveniently. But the rise of these technologies also presents us with an important philosophical issue: How do they influence the way that the city functions as a community? This is the main question of The City as Interface, a new book by The Mobile City’s co-founder Martijn de Waal.

Exhibition review. PolakvanBekkum’s GPS Art: from a documentary to an artistic medium

Last week I visited the exhibition Move Still Move at Rento Brattinga Galerie in Amsterdam, an intriguing exploration of gps technology as an artistic medium by the artist duoPolakvanBekkum.

Made By Us @ Shenzhen Biennale

We are excited to announce that the exhibition Made by Us that we have curated in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut will open on Dec 7 2013 at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture in Shenzhen.

Smart Citizens & Open Data

Future Everything has published a highly interesting publication titled Smart Citizens. The Mobile City contributed an essay: Open Data: From ‘Platform’ to ‘Program’.

Public Space & The Public Good / Social Cities of Today

Social Cities of Today is a research project that investigates the role new media platforms can play in the creation of ‘Urban Publics’, groups of citizens who are organized around a common theme, issue, resource, goal, interest or geographical location. Here’s a first project update.

Call for Art / Participation: Impakt Online On Group Formations

Impakt Festival 2013: Capitalism Catch 22 Impakt Online: On Group Formations Impakt Onlie Curators Sabine Niederer and Raymond Taudin Chabot are looking for artists who want to create or showcase work as part…

We are hiring: Embedded Researcher Smart and Social Cities

We are looking for an ‘embedded researcher’ that will help us to develop a conceptual toolkit to add the social dimension to the debates about smart cities.

The Ideas and Ideals in Urban Media Theory and Design

This week the book From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen was launched by MIT Press. The Mobile City’s Martijn de Waal contributed one of the chapters in which he investigates several urban ideals that underlie the design of urban media.

How kite photography can empower local communities

The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science promotes the use of cheap open source tools such as kite photography to empower local communities and raise a sense of ‘ownerhsip’ with important environmental issues.

How to design better cities with urban interventions and computer code?

How can we design urban objects that bring about an urban public sphere? And how can we make use of algorithms to make urban design more adaptive to the needs of citizens? These questions were addressed during the first Cognitive Cities Salon in Amsterdam.

Yes, That’s a nice Urban Data Visualization. So what?

Report of City_Play_Data. Expert Meeting on Digital Media and ‘Ownership’ in the city.
How do we design urban media that allow citizens to act? Can we use urban games to include citizens in urban planning? And how do we move beyond ‘gamificiation’ ?