Table of contents

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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Luke Hespanhol, Martin Tomitsch
      Pages 25-50 Open Access
    3. Joel Fredericks, Glenda Amayo Caldwell, Marcus Foth, Martin Tomitsch
      Pages 67-92 Open Access
  3. Changing Roles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Rosie Webb, Gabriela Avram, Javier Burón García, Aisling Joyce
      Pages 95-117 Open Access
    3. Gabriela Avram
      Pages 129-151 Open Access
    4. Annika Wolff, Daniel Gooch, Jose Cavero, Umar Rashid, Gerd Kortuem
      Pages 153-168 Open Access
  4. Hackers and Institutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Cristina Ampatzidou
      Pages 187-203 Open Access
    3. Richard Beckwith, John Sherry, David Prendergast
      Pages 205-221 Open Access
  5. Theorizing the Hackable City

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.


Smart Cities Smart Citizens Urban Informatics Urban Interaction Design Pervasive Computing Internet of Things Media Architecture Human-Computer Interaction Participatory Design Hacking Culture Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Michiel de Lange
    • 1
  • Martijn de Waal
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Media and Culture StudiesUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Play and Civic Media Research Group, Faculty of Digital Media and Creative IndustriesAmsterdam University of Applied SciencesAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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.

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