Martijn de Waal

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…

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…