Martijn de Waal

The Urban Culture of Sentient Cities: From an Internet of Things to a Public Sphere of Things

Recently I contributed a chapter to the book Sentient City Ubiquitous Computing, Architecture, and the Future of Urban Space edited by Mark Shepard. On May 14 2011 we will also take part in…

Three approaches of digital media and urban design

Yesterday Virtueel Platform launched a new book on best practices in the field of e-culture in The Netherlands (download regular pdf / pdf for ipad). The Mobile City was invited to contribute an essay…

Wireless Stories: optimism and doubts about the future of public space

Last week the Dutch Mediafund and the Design department of the Sandberg Academy organized the conference Wireless Stories: new media in public space. The Mobile City was invited to provide the opening keynote…

Sander Veenhof’s NBeep6 – a free and anonymous 6bit communication channel in Cameroon

Yesterday I visited the Mobile Monday meet-up in Amsterdam, and came across some interesting presentations. I particularly liked the presentation of Dutch artist Sander Veenhof. Over the last few years Veenhof has grown…

The Best/Most Read Articles on Urban Culture & Mobile Media @ TheMobileCity.nl

The last few months Michiel and I have spent most of our time on the organization of our The Mobile City Event 2010: ‘Designing the Hybrid City‘ – an expert meeting we organized…

Mobile phones, social networks and location data: Recognizing the Nuances of Privacy

This weekend the new issue of OPEN will be launched at the Berlin Biennial. “Privacy” is the main theme, and the focus is “not so much on deploring the loss of privacy but…

Some notes on the design of pervasive games

How do you design gaming experiences in the city? What is the role of locative and mobile media in urban games? What is the relation between computer games and the city? Those three…

Cisco’s Urban Ecomaps and Medialab-Prado’s In the Air: How to move from awareness about environmental problems to action?

Recently I was a panelist at the Electrosmog Festival in Amsterdam. My session was called Hyper-mobility and the urban condition and featured two interesting projects that made use of digital media to attune…

Design Approaches for the 21st Century City

At The Mobile City, we are currently researching the design processes that shape the cities of the 21st century, and bumped into an interesting paradox (also pointed out by others): The experience of…

Augmented Reality: its promises and shortcomings for architects

  Last week our friends & collegues at Vurb and Non-Fiction organized an evening about the opportunities of Augmented Reality for architects. Layer-developer Johannes la Poutre presented some of his recent projects, and…

Sonic Acts 2010: On the Poetics of Hybrid Space

I just visited an interesting panel on the Sonic Acts 2010 Conference called The Poetics of Hybrid Space. When over here at The Mobile City we talk about Hybrid Space, we usually refer…

Three philosophical questions about the ‘sentient city’ – a response to the exhibition Towards the Sentient City

At certain points in the history of architecture and urban planning, the internal debate on how to apply new technologies surpasses the boundaries of the discipline. At those times, the hopes and fears…

Picnic 09 Report 2: The City as an Interaction Platform

At Picnic I attended an interesting session called The City as an Interaction Platform that took this theme as its point of departure: Cities have always been about providing frameworks of services to…

Interview with Mark Shepard: ‘critical design’, architecture, urbanism and location based media

Mark Shepard is a media architect and researcher. His current research investigates the influence of mobile and pervasive media, communication and information technologies on architecture and urbanism. He is one of the organizers…

Storytelling with Locative Media: Michael Epstein’s take on ‘terratives’

A few weeks ago I attended a presentation at the MIT6-conference by Michael Epstein, the CEO of Untravel Media, a Boston-based company that produces location based storytelling media. Or as Epstein himself calls…

Mediated Space. Or: How to translate the logic of media into architecture

Recently I visited a seminar on Mediated Space at the Harvard School of Design. The organizers turned the usual approach to this topic – how is our experience of space changing, now that…

Semantic Wayfinding, mental maps and the keyhole problem of GPS-navigation

Last week I visited an interesting presentation at Harvard’s Urban Mobilities Group. They had invited Austrian cartographer Georg Gartner who gave a talk about his ‘semantic wayfinding‘ project. Semantic wayfinding is an approach…

Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics: a matter of ‘U-City’ or ‘U-Citizens?’

I just finished reading Marcus Foth’s Handbook of research on Urban Informatics. It’s an edited volume as thick as a fist, packed with essays that when taken altogether give a great overview of…

On the design of geographic interfaces: verisimilitude -vs- subjective experiences

Last night I attended Michael Naimark’s interesting lecture at the Rotterdam Film festival. This year’s edition of the festival wants to broaden the discussion on ‘screen culture’, and Naimark took up on this…

Film festival Rotterdam: What content makes Urban Screens interesting? Let’s move beyond the cinematic.

This week I visited the international filmfestival in Rotterdam. For this year’s edition the festival left the confinement of the city’s film theatres and expanded onto three urban screens erected in the city’s…