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NWO Creative Industries funds “Hackable City” project

We are happy to announce that NWO has funded our project “The Hackable City: Collaborative City making in Urban Living Lab Buiksloterham”. The project is funded through NWO’s Creative Industries Embedded Research program. Project leader…

Edited volume "Playful Identities: The Ludification of Digital Media Cultures” (2015). Image credit: Photograph of the game I’d Hide You, Blast Theory, 2012 (courtesy of Blast Theory).

Book “Playful Identities: The Ludification of Digital Media Cultures” now available as free pdf

It is a pleasure to announce that the edited volume “Playful Identities: The Ludification of Digital Media Cultures” has been published by Amsterdam University Press. The book is also available as a freely downloadable Open…

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New article “Playful planning: citizens making the smart and social city”

A while ago I contributed an article about urban play and games and citizen engagement to the ECLECTIS final report “A contribution from cultural and creative actors to citizens’ empowerment”, on the invitation of Karien Vermeulen, Head of…

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“Binnen de lijnen” – een publiek kunstproject over de publieke ruimte en publieke zaak in de Haagse Schilderswijk

Op een zonnige woensdag op 1 oktober 2014 verzamelt zich in de vroege middag een groeiend aantal kinderen en hun ouders en begeleiders op het Oranjeplein aan de rand van de Haagse Schilderswijk….

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Publication: Rezone Playful Interventions – Spelen voor de toekomst

Last year The Mobile City was a partner in the project Rezone Playful Interventions. In this project three teams of an architect and a game studio created a temporary playful urban intervention for a near-vacant factory at the edge of the city center of Den Bosch.

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NWO KIEM funds new research program “Hackable Metropolis Amsterdam”

We are happy to announce that NWO (the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) has granted funding to our research project “Hackable Metropolis Amsterdam: investigating the future of city-making in urban lab Buiksloterham”. The…

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Workshop with Eric Gordon urban gaming & civil participation on digital media platforms, 24 June 2014

As a follow-up event on Eric Gordon’s public lecture on June 23, we’re co-organizing a small closed workshop session with Eric Gordon and a number of urban game professionals on June 24, 2014….

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Playing for the Future: event April 17 2014 about play, games and urban (re)developments

Last year, The Mobile City partnered in the project “Rezone Playful Interventions” about the use of playful design strategies to repurpose vacant spaces. In this project three teams composed of an architect and…

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“Owning the city: New media and citizen engagement in urban design” – First Monday article

The Mobile City contributed a paper to the very interesting special November 2013 issue of First Monday called “Waves, Bits & Bricks: Media and The Social Production of Urban Space“. How has media affected…

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Report workshop day2 “Made By Us: using smart technologies to repurpose industrial heritage”

Report workshop day 2 “Made By Us: using smart technologies to repurpose industrial heritage” Under the motto better late than never, the second part of the “Made By Us” Beijing Design Week workshop…

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Made By Us: using smart technologies for industrial heritage. Public evening November 7 2013, The New Institute, Rotterdam

On November 7 2013 The New Institute, the Netherlands’ new national institute for the creative industry, hosts an evening (in Dutch) about using smart technologies to repurpose industrial heritage. The evening is part of the…

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Report workshop day1 “Made By Us: using smart technologies to repurpose industrial heritage”

As part of the overarching project Made By Us, The New Institute and The Mobile City in collaboration with CMoDA have organized a two-day workshop during the Beijing Design Week. In this workshop…

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“Made By Us”: new program about industrial heritage and smart & social cities, Beijing/NL/Shenzhen

We are happy to announce Made By Us, a new project The Mobile City is partnering in with The New Institute. Made By Us is a six-month research-by-design program investigating creative reuses of former…

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“The smart city you love to hate: Exploring the role of affect in hybrid urbanism” Hybrid City 2 conference abstract

Next week Martijn and I both attend the second Hybrid City conference “subtle rEvolutions” from 23 − 25 May in Athens, Greece. Hybrid City is an international biennial event dedicated to exploring the…

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Rezone the game: playing for urban transformation

This is an essay I recently wrote for The Bosch Architecture Initiative (BAI) and Digital Workplace (DW) about Rezone, an applied urban game they developed to address the issue of vacancy in the…

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Reinventing ownership: Ruimtevolk Expo 2012 about the messy future of urban design

Thursday 29 November 2012 the event Ruimtevolk Expedition 2012 took place. Ruimtevolk (‘spatial folk’) is a well-read Dutch online platform for spatial and urban design professionals. Venue Trouw Amsterdam, one of Amsterdam’s cultural…