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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 Helsinki: Meet us on 21-22 July at the Dutch E-culture Days at the World Design Capital Pavilion

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On July 21 and 22, The Dutch E-culture Days will take place in the World Design Capital Pavilion in Helsinki. The Mobile City is taking part in this exciting program organized by Virtueel Platform of The Netherlands.

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

Conference & Workshop Social Cities of Tomorrow.

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 Social Cities of Tomorrow is an international conference & workshop on new media & urban design we co-organized in February 2012. Check out the conference website for extensive documentation, a wrap up, reports and videos of the event!

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

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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.

Ownership in the hybrid city: themes and examples (part 2)

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A while ago our study ‘Ownership in the Hybrid City’ was published. The study, written in collaboration with Virtueel Platform, informs the event Social Cities of Tomorrow (14 − 17 Feb 2012). In the study we explore how digital media can strengthen ‘ownership’, that is,

Ownership in the hybrid city: themes and examples (part 1)

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A while ago our study ‘Ownership in the Hybrid City’ was published. The study, written in collaboration with Virtueel Platform, informs the event Social Cities of Tomorrow (14 − 17 Feb 2012). In the study we explore how digital media can strengthen ‘ownership’, that is,

Social Cities: how to engage citizens with digital media

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(This article was published a few days ago on Engaging Cities, as a guest contribution) Social Cities: how to engage citizens with digital media Michiel de Lange – The Mobile City The increasing growth and complexity of cities raises the question how we can use

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.

Review: Paul Dourish & Genevieve Bell – Divining a digital future (2011)

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In Divining a Digital Future (2011), computer scientist Paul Dourish (Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine) and cultural anthropologist Genevieve Bell (Intel Interaction and Experience Research Lab) again team up in an attempt to marry ethnography with ubiquitous computing (ubicomp) research. The

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