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 larger project Made By Us, a collaboration between The new Institute and The Mobile City, to develop an ongoing dialogue around the concept of smart cities between Chinese and Dutch architects, media makers and designers.

Glass Factory Shenzhen. Image credit: ©UABB (SZ), Produced by Zeus Culture (SZ)
Glass Factory Shenzhen. Image credit: ©UABB (SZ), Produced by Zeus Culture (SZ)

Program 7 November 2013, at The New Institute in Rotterdam

19.30 uur – Welkom en introductie door Renske Brinkman, Het Nieuwe Instituut.

19.40 uur – Linda Vlassenrood, International New Town Institute (INTI). “Shenzhen: van vissersdorp tot wereldstad in enkele decennia”.

20.00 uur – Ole Bouman, creative director of the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Shenzhen. “Creating the Value Factory”.

20.20 uur – The Mobile City, curator Made By Us. Introductie project en voorlopige eerste reflectie op de vraag “Digitale media en nieuwe waardecreatie voor leegstaande fabrieken”.

20.40 uur – Interview: Niki Smit (gamestudio Monobanda). “Spel en interactie voor leegstand”.

20.55 uur – kort filmpje Sander Veenhof.

21:00 Interview: Mark van der Net ( “Open data: van visualisatie naar activatie”.

21.15 uur – Q&A en discussie.

22:00 uur – Einde avond.

Before the evening program during the day a closed meeting takes place in which three makers work on developing media interventions for the Glass Factory in Shenzhen, one the locations of the the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture.

Michiel de Lange

Michiel de Lange (1976) is an Assistant Professor in New Media Studies at Utrecht University, researching mobile media and urban culture and identity. He is the co-founder of The Mobile City, an independent research group founded in 2007 that investigates the influence of digital media technologies on urban life and the implications for urban design and policy. Michiel is trained as a cultural anthropologist, and holds a PhD in philosophy (2010) with a dissertation about mobile media technologies and urban identities. He collaborated in a locative media art & science project ( He worked for  Kennisland, a Dutch think-tank that aims to strengthen the knowledge-based society. Here he worked on several projects at the intersection of ICTs and the city, e.g. co-organizing the Creative Capital conference. He also volunteered and worked for Cybersoek, a computer neighborhood center in Amsterdam. He is advisor e-culture at Mediafonds.
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