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 maker city. All of these imaginaries have hackability as a central quality.

Here’s the scan of the essay.


Photo credit (cropped in scan): Victor Wollaert.

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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