Innovating in the urban

In recent days visiting Hanoi in Vietnam, what’s been popping up in my mind is the role of mapping in creating and furthering meaningful engagement in urban planning and the material contexts that planning problems are often relating to. As such, I haven’t directly discussed the role of mapping in my PhD thesis, which was more […]

Tagging the city
November 21, 2015

Tagging has become a part urban places Often unnoticed, tagging has become part of urban life. Imagine your work day. If you use the subway, a machine takes your paper ticket or searches for a matching signal from your RFID-enabled ticket. You check in to work, setting off a timer while opening a access door as you pass […]

Bürger baut Stadt
March 28, 2015

Bürger baut Stadt is a project based out of Berlin. In 2012, the project won funding at the “Stadt Land <code>” (“City Country <code>”) competition. The system scrapes information about development plans off Berlin’s 12 district administrations. The resulting map lists all development plans that are consulted upon. In Germany that’s usually a period of four weeks. During this period, citizens can access plan […]

March 28, 2015

The OpenPlanning project is a collaboration between the CreativeExchange, Liverpool University, and RedNinja studios. As inspiration, we took the example of Patrick Geddes, who bought a crumbling looking tower in Edinburgh in the late 19th century. He restored the building and made it available to the public so that they would enjoy the view and gain a new understanding […]

Digital economy

It has been an eventful week. On Monday, Apple presented the latest member of their product line-up, the iWatch. It’s by far not the first write-bound wearable out there as Apple’s competitors, Samsung, LG, Pebble, Motorola, all came much before [see here]. Nonetheless much hope has been vested into Apple’s capacity to jumpstart yet another […]

The Internet represents the first ever ‘planetary machine’ build by mankind. Its scale and extend is so vast, that it enables the development of platforms of global extend. Some obvious examples are Facebook’s global social network, Wikipedia’s platform for collaborative peer production, and even the NSA’s collating of global mobile phone locations. The scale and […]

Networks of knowledge
November 17, 2013

How many times have we found a profound, inspirational, or well-crafted text and were amazement by the skills of the writer? How many times have we briefly imagined travelling to a bygone past if we found out its author had already passed away? Each year, a huge amount of new books are published. According to Wolfram Alpha, authors in the UK alone […]

The annual Ubi Summer School in Oulu has emerged as a forum for future Ubicomp researchers. In 2013, it was attended by more than 80 doctoral students from 18 countries. That year’s summer school focused on the paradigm shift towards ubiquitous computing technologies applied in public places, i.e. outside of the home or workplace. At the school, I attended the “urban resource […]

Urban mediator
November 13, 2012

The urban mediator (UM) was an interactive public information system for the upload and sharing of information on a cartographic map. It’s purpose was to “facilitate citizen driven possibilities for action” by providing a venue where the expert formal information from planners and other institutional actors met informally produced content coming from citizens. UM was developed as part of […]