Publications

The Hackable City: Citymaking in a Platform Society

For the journal Architectural Design, we wrote a contribution for the Special Issue: 4D Hyperlocal: A Cultural Toolkit for the Open-Source City. Abstract Can computer hacking have positive parallels in the shaping of the built…

Article (in Dutch) in AGORA Magazine “Slimme stad, slimme stedelingen”

Recently I wrote a contribution (in Dutch) for the Agora Magazine special issue about smart cities. In the essay I suggest three alternative imaginaries for smart and social cities: data city, playful city, and…

New Amsterdam Magazine #10 – contribution about Hackable City Making

To the most recent edition of New Amsterdam Magazine #10 we contributed an article about The Hackable City. Read the article Hacking Buiksloterham: How digital media can democratize city-making (pdf) Read the full version of the…

Essay (in Dutch) “Stories about smart cities: how citizen can identify with their city”

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…

New publication “The Hackable City: A Research Manifesto and Design Toolkit”

As part of our The Hackable Research project, we are proud to announce The Hackable City Research Manifesto. See The Hackable City website for more information about our research project The Hackable City:…

Newspaper article “A truly smart city is a playful city” (Parool, May 30 2015)

For the Saturday May 30 2015 edition of national newspaper Parool (with a strong basis in Amsterdam), I wrote an opinion article called “Een echte slimme stad is een speelse stad” (“A truly…

Klik. Like! Share. Hoe digitale media de publieke ruimte veranderen

The Mobile City introduces a model to think about social organization through digital media and its consequences for the public sphere.

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…

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…

Urban Interaction Design: Towards City Making

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.

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.

The City as Interface

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.

“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…

Smart Citizens & Open Data

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 to Design for ‘Ownership’ rather than for ‘Smart Cities’

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.

The Ideas and Ideals in Urban Media Theory and Design

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.