Recently I wrote an essay at the invitation of the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK). In the essay (Dutch), I argue that the lack of appealing narratives about smart cities is one…
The Mobile City introduces a model to think about social organization through digital media and its consequences for the public sphere.
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…
Urban Interaction Design: Towards City Making is a publication that serves as an agenda setting discussion piece about the role of digital technologies in the city and the future of urban design.
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.
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.
Future Everything has published a highly interesting publication titled Smart Citizens. The Mobile City contributed an essay: Open Data: From ‘Platform’ to ‘Program’.
“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…
How do we design urban technologies that engage and empower ‘publics’ (groups of people) to act on communally shared issues? That is the main theme of a new study (in Dutch) launched by The Mobile City and Virtueel Platform.
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.