Author Archives: Michiel de Lange

NWO KIEM funds new research program “Hackable Metropolis Amsterdam”

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We are happy to announce that NWO (the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) has granted funding to our research project “Hackable Metropolis Amsterdam: investigating the future of city-making in urban lab Buiksloterham”. The project is a collaboration between Michiel de Lange (project leader; Utrecht University,

Playing for the Future: event April 17 2014 about play, games and urban (re)developments

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Last year, The Mobile City partnered in the project “Rezone Playful Interventions” about the use of playful design strategies to repurpose vacant spaces. In this project three teams composed of an architect and a game studio collaborated and created a temporary playful urban intervention for

“Owning the city: New media and citizen engagement in urban design” – First Monday article

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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 cities in real, concrete terms? How do “bits” and “waves” become “bricks”?

Report workshop day2 “Made By Us: using smart technologies to repurpose industrial heritage”

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Eva Xie presenting

Report workshop day 2 “Made By Us: using smart technologies to repurpose industrial heritage” Under the motto better late than never, the second part of the “Made By Us” Beijing Design Week workshop report. As part of the overarching project Made By Us, The New Institute

Made By Us: using smart technologies for industrial heritage. Public evening November 7 2013, The New Institute, Rotterdam

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

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

Report workshop day1 “Made By Us: using smart technologies to repurpose industrial heritage”

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Capital Steel Factory.

As part of the overarching project Made By Us, The New Institute and The Mobile City in collaboration with CMoDA have organized a two-day workshop during the Beijing Design Week. In this workshop participants from various professional and national backgrounds address the reuse of former

“Made By Us”: new program about industrial heritage and smart & social cities, Beijing/NL/Shenzhen

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Capital Steel Factory

We are happy to announce Made By Us, a new project The Mobile City is partnering in with The New Institute. Made By Us is a six-month research-by-design program investigating creative reuses of former industrial plants. The challenge is to help design smart media interventions that will

“The smart city you love to hate: Exploring the role of affect in hybrid urbanism” Hybrid City 2 conference abstract

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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 emergent character of the city and the potential transformative shift of the

Rezone the game: playing for urban transformation

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This is an essay I recently wrote for The Bosch Architecture Initiative (BAI) and Digital Workplace (DW) about Rezone, an applied urban game they developed to address the issue of vacancy in the city of Den Bosch. In the near future we start a collaboration

Reinventing ownership: Ruimtevolk Expo 2012 about the messy future of urban design

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License: Some rights reserved by RUIMTEVOLK; Foto: Masha Matijevic

Thursday 29 November 2012 the event Ruimtevolk Expedition 2012 took place. Ruimtevolk (‘spatial folk’) is a well-read Dutch online platform for spatial and urban design professionals. Venue Trouw Amsterdam, one of Amsterdam’s cultural hotspots, was packed with urban professionals, policy makers, and researchers. The event

Workshop report “How to engage citizens with the help of digital media”, Urbanism Week 2012 TU Delft

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Introduction A while back I was invited to give a talk and host a small workshop during the 2012 edition of Urbanism Week. This is a yearly event organized by Polis Platform for Urbanism, the study association for Master’s students in Urbanism in the Faculty

Workshop reports ‘Designing for Ownership’ at Strelka Institute, Moscow

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From 9 − 14 July 2012 The Mobile City (in this case Michiel de Lange in collaboration with Marc Tuters) developed and gave a six-day workshop ’Designing for Ownership’ at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow. This workshop was built on the approach we developed for

The Mobile City goes Moscow: 6-day workshop “Designing for Ownership” 9-14 July 2012, Strelka Institute

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The Mobile City is honored to have been invited to give a workshop at the young and very ambitious Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, Russia. The workshop is part of the Strelka Summer Program “Agents of Change“. In a series of

Txt and the city

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This is a commissioned article I wrote a few months ago for Canvas8 about the role of technologies in urban culture and its implications for brands. It is republished here with kind permission.   Txt and the city Michiel de Lange   Scope Today’s cities are