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The Hackable City

Digital Media and Collaborative City-Making in the Network Society

  • Presents the best papers from the Digital Cities 9 Workshop held in Limerick in 2015

  • Explores the affordances of new media technologies for empowering citizens in the process of city making

  • Relates examples of bottom-up or participatory city-making practices to reflections about the changing roles of professional practitioners in the processes

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages iii-xv
  2. Design Practices in the Hackable City

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 23-23
    2. The City as Perpetual Beta: Fostering Systemic Urban Acupuncture

      • Joel Fredericks, Glenda Amayo Caldwell, Marcus Foth, Martin Tomitsch
      Pages 67-92Open Access
  3. Changing Roles

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 93-93
    2. Transforming Cities by Designing with Communities

      • Rosie Webb, Gabriela Avram, Javier Burón García, Aisling Joyce
      Pages 95-117Open Access
    3. This Is Our City! Urban Communities Re-appropriating Their City

      • Gabriela Avram
      Pages 129-151Open Access
    4. Removing Barriers for Citizen Participation to Urban Innovation

      • Annika Wolff, Daniel Gooch, Jose Cavero, Umar Rashid, Gerd Kortuem
      Pages 153-168Open Access
  4. Hackers and Institutions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 169-169
    2. Reinventing the Rules: Emergent Gameplay for Civic Learning

      • Cristina Ampatzidou
      Pages 187-203Open Access
    3. Data Flow in the Smart City: Open Data Versus the Commons

      • Richard Beckwith, John Sherry, David Prendergast
      Pages 205-221Open Access
  5. Theorizing the Hackable City

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 223-223
    2. Hacking, Making, and Prototyping for Social Change

      • Ingrid Mulder, Péter Kun
      Pages 225-238Open Access
    3. A Hacking Atlas: Holistic Hacking in the Urban Theater

      • Douglas Schuler
      Pages 261-282Open Access

About this book

This open access book presents a selection of the best contributions to the Digital Cities 9 Workshop held in Limerick in 2015, combining a number of the latest academic insights into new collaborative modes of city making that are firmly rooted in empirical findings about the actual practices of citizens, designers and policy makers. It explores the affordances of new media technologies for empowering citizens in the process of city making, relating examples of bottom-up or participatory practices to reflections about the changing roles of professional practitioners in the processes, as well as issues of governance and institutional policymaking.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

    Michiel de Lange

  • Play and Civic Media Research Group, Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Martijn de Waal

About the editors

Michiel de Lange is an assistant professor in new media studies at Utrecht University’s Department of Media and Culture Studies. He obtained a PhD in Philosophy (2010) from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and works as a researcher and lecturer in the field of (mobile) media, urban culture, identity and play. He is the co-founder of The Mobile City, a platform for the study of new media and urbanism, and the [urban interfaces] research group at Utrecht University.

Martijn de Waal is a lector at the Lectorate of Play & Civic Media at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He holds a PhD from the University of Groningen (2012) and is an internationally renowned scholar in the field of urban media, place making and citizen empowerment. His book ‘The City as Interface: How Digital Media are Changing the City’ has been internationally well received, and he is regularly invited as a keynote speaker at both academic and professional conferences around the world.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Hackable City

  • Book Subtitle: Digital Media and Collaborative City-Making in the Network Society

  • Editors: Michiel de Lange, Martijn de Waal

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2694-3

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Engineering, Engineering (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-13-2693-6Published: 17 December 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-13-2694-3Published: 05 December 2018

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 302

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Communications Engineering, Networks, Landscape/Regional and Urban Planning, User Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction

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