Author Archives: Martijn de Waal

Exhibition review. PolakvanBekkum’s GPS Art: from a documentary to an artistic medium

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Last week I visited the exhibition Move Still Move at Rento Brattinga Galerie in Amsterdam, an intriguing exploration of gps technology as an artistic medium by the artist duoPolakvanBekkum.

Made By Us @ Shenzhen Biennale

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We are excited to announce that the exhibition Made by Us that we have curated in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut will open on Dec 7 2013 at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture in Shenzhen.

Smart Citizens & Open Data

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Future Everything has published a highly interesting publication titled Smart Citizens. The Mobile City contributed an essay: Open Data: From ‘Platform’ to ‘Program’.

Public Space & The Public Good / Social Cities of Today

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Social Cities of Today is a research project that investigates the role new media platforms can play in the creation of ‘Urban Publics’, groups of citizens who are organized around a common theme, issue, resource, goal, interest or geographical location. Here’s a first project update.

Call for Art / Participation: Impakt Online On Group Formations

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Impakt Festival 2013: Capitalism Catch 22 Impakt Online: On Group Formations Impakt Onlie Curators Sabine Niederer and Raymond Taudin Chabot are looking for artists who want to create or showcase work as part of the upcomming Impakt Festival related to the festivals’ theme Group Formation.

We are hiring: Embedded Researcher Smart and Social Cities

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We are looking for an ‘embedded researcher’ that will help us to develop a conceptual toolkit to add the social dimension to the debates about smart cities.

The Ideas and Ideals in Urban Media Theory and Design

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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.

How kite photography can empower local communities

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The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science promotes the use of cheap open source tools such as kite photography to empower local communities and raise a sense of ‘ownerhsip’ with important environmental issues.

How to design better cities with urban interventions and computer code?

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How can we design urban objects that bring about an urban public sphere? And how can we make use of algorithms to make urban design more adaptive to the needs of citizens? These questions were addressed during the first Cognitive Cities Salon in Amsterdam.

Yes, That’s a nice Urban Data Visualization. So what?

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Report of City_Play_Data. Expert Meeting on Digital Media and ‘Ownership’ in the city.
How do we design urban media that allow citizens to act? Can we use urban games to include citizens in urban planning? And how do we move beyond ‘gamificiation’ ?

The Urban Culture of Sentient Cities: From an Internet of Things to a Public Sphere of Things

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Recently I contributed a chapter to the book Sentient City Ubiquitous Computing, Architecture, and the Future of Urban Space edited by Mark Shepard. On May 14 2011 we will also take part in the book launch event in Rotterdam. At certain points in the history

Three approaches of digital media and urban design

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Yesterday Virtueel Platform launched a new book on best practices in the field of e-culture in The Netherlands (download regular pdf / pdf for ipad). The Mobile City was invited to contribute an essay for this book. In this article I described three (sometimes closely related)

Wireless Stories: optimism and doubts about the future of public space

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Last week the Dutch Mediafund and the Design department of the Sandberg Academy organized the conference Wireless Stories: new media in public space. The Mobile City was invited to provide the opening keynote (by Michiel de Lange) as well as a closing statement (yours truly),

Sander Veenhof’s NBeep6 – a free and anonymous 6bit communication channel in Cameroon

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Yesterday I visited the Mobile Monday meet-up in Amsterdam, and came across some interesting presentations. I particularly liked the presentation of Dutch artist Sander Veenhof. Over the last few years Veenhof has grown into one of the more interesting practitioners that explore the possibilities of

The Best/Most Read Articles on Urban Culture & Mobile Media @

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The last few months Michiel and I have spent most of our time on the organization of our The Mobile City Event 2010: ‘Designing the Hybrid City‘ – an expert meeting we organized in the context of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai together with