Martijn de Waal

Towards a Myspace urbanism?

In 1938 Chicago School Scholar Louis Wirth wrote the now famous article ‘Urbanism as a way of Life’. According to Wirth, the modern metropolises that had emerged in the preceding half-century or so,…

Rob van Kranenburg: The Internet of Things. A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID

On October 28th Rob van Kranenburg’s book The Internet of Things A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID will be launched (5:00 pm, Waag Society, Amsterdam) A pdf download…

The Big Sort, The Uses of Disorder and mobile media

I just read two books – written almost 40 years apart – that signal the same urban problem: cities and towns in the United States are becoming increasingly segregated into monocultural lifestyle enclaves…

ISEA 2008: Locative Media Core Works & Classifications

Is there a number of crucial or core works in locative media? A corpus of best practices? At the International Symposium on Electronic Art it seemed that there might be; many presentations referred…

ISEA 2008: Visualizing the Real Time City

At the end of last month, I attended the International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA), that was held in Singapore. Although the juried exhibition of art works didn’t involve that many works on…

Scott McQuire’s The Media City

I just finished reading the highly interesting book The Media City by Scott McQuire. It is a philosophical approach to the role of media in the experience of the city. I found two…

The Mobile City @ ISEA2008

I will be heading to Singapore next week to attend ISEA2008 (I’ll be there from July 21st until 30th). I will be presenting some of my own research (very much work in progress)…

Just out/upcoming: some interesting summer reading on the mobile city

I wanted to point our readers to three interesting (forthcoming) publications, that have been announced lately. Friday July 11th Anne Galloway will defend her dissertation titled A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FUTURE OF…

Is GPS-navigation turning us into ‘Men without Qualities’?

The Dutch Daily NRC Handelsblad published a highly interesting interview with retiring law-professor Egbert Dommering. He enters the current debate about new media, personal development and cultural authority by expressing his fear that…

Video as suburban condition

Not so long ago, at the Netherlands Media Art Institute, I came across an interesting installation by Martijn Hendriks, called ‘video as suburban condition’. The installation shows a loop of Youtube clips that…

Design of Urban Computing:ambient or foregrounding?

While attending The Mobile City, panelist Nicolas Nova wandered through Rotterdam and made some interesting observations: Beyond “urban computing” notions such as location-based services or touch-interactions, it’s rather when I encounter street signage…

Mobile City Conference Wrap-up

The conference is over, and Michiel and I are very happy with the result. We had a great turn out, highly interesting key notes, inspiring presentations of locative and mobile projects and lots…

The street of the future

City of Sound is one of my favourite blogs on Urban Culture. This week blog-author Dan Hilll ponders about the future of the street. In fact, this article comes very close to addressing…

See you at Faraday’s. And leave your laptop at home.

On Adam Greenfield’s excellent blog, an interesting discussion has risen on urban culture, public sphere, design and so called third spaces. In a reaction to the growing number of laptop nomads colonizing neighborhood…

Mediacity conference @ Weimar: the design of urban situations

Last weekend I visited the Media City Conference organized by the Bauhaus University in Weimar. One of the main themes of the conference was the concept of ‘situations’, or ‘the settings in which…

Urban computing, Lifestyle management and Google Earth Urbanism

Working on his new book, Adam Greenfields asks: what do you feel are the most significant contemporary developments in urban informatics? The most resonant projects, the most powerful interventions, the scariest precedents? Nicolas…

Mobile City Fantasies @ CES

So the yearly circus called Consumer Electronics Show has come to an end again. I didn’t make it to Vegas (and rightly so, if you may believe Gizmodo) but I did do a…

Designing for Locative Media: seamless or seamful experiences?

During the New Year’s holidays I was taking a short vacation in the southern part of Holland. The bungalow we rented provided some proto-locative media: a cheaply printed leaflet featuring rasterized b&w pictures…

Rethinking Community, Rethinking Space (Call for Papers)

If you are interested in The Mobile City conference, you might also be interested in this upcoming conference organized by the Association of Internet Researchers, called Rethinking Community, Rethinking Place. In the past…

Arithmetik Garden – RFID City

On a few blogs I found reviews of the Roppongi Crossing show in the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. One of the exhibits that seemed very interesting was the Arithmetik Garden by Sato…