Final presentations MA students New Media & Digital Culture project “Cirque du Data”, 31 Oct 2019

How to involve citizens in discussion around the datafication of their city? That’s the main question of the cultural project Cirque du Data, initiated by Utrecht-based data design office CLEVER°FRANKE and city lab RAUM. As part of the methodology course Research Lab 1 that I’m teaching at Utrecht University, we are partaking in the project. On Thursday 31 October 2019 14:30 – 17:00 we will have the final presentations by our students. Venue: Pathe Leidsche Rijn / Cinemec, Berlijnplein 100, 3541 CM Utrecht.   […] Read More

Launch Special Issue Leonardo Electronic Almanac on “Urban Interfaces” 30 Oct 2019

The [urban interfaces] research group, composed of Nanna Verhoeff, Sigrid Merx and Michiel de Lange, have co-edited a special issue in Leonardo Electronic Almanac, titled “Urban Interfaces: Media, Art and Performance in Public Spaces”. We are currently wrapping up the last tidbits. See the special issue on the LEA website >>. In this collection of essays, we advance the notion of urban interfaces to explore how situated media, art, and performances (co-)constitute and (co-)construct the public spaces of our mediatized cities. […] Read More

Presenting “Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities” at #BeyondSmartCitiesToday conference

On 19 Sept. 2019, I was invited to talk about our research project “Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities“, at the event Beyond Smart Cities Today, organized by Centre for BOLD Cities. Very well organized and great lineup with – among others – the following speakers: Rob Kitchin (Maynooth University) Ayona Datta (University College London) Alberto Vanolo (University of Turin) Maria Kaika (University of Amsterdam) Willem Schinkel (Erasmus University Rotterdam) Bianca Wylie (Tech Reset Canada & #BlockSidewalk) Michiel de Lange […] Read More

WIP: Special Issue Leonardo Electronic Almanac on Urban Interfaces

Together with [urban interfaces] colleagues Nanna Verhoef & Sigrid Merx, I am co-editing a special issue in Leonardo Electronic Almanac, titled “Urban Interfaces: Media, Art and Performance in Public Spaces”. The issue is still work in progress, but a number of contributions by various authors have already been posted on the LEA website >>. In this collection of essays, we advance the notion of urban interfaces to explore how situated media, art, and performances (co-)constitute and (co-)construct the public spaces […] Read More

Call for Conference Contributions “Beyond Smart Cities Today”

Jiska Engelbert at Erasmus University Rotterdam is organizing a very interesting event (18 and 19 September, 2019) at which I will be speaking. See call here: https://www.centre-for-bold-cities.nl/beyond-smart-cities-today. Beyond Smart Cities Today Call for Conference Contributions Conference title          Beyond smart cities today When?                         18 and 19 September, 2019 Where?                        Rotterdam, The Netherlands Hosts                           Centre for BOLD Cities, Erasmus Institute for Public […] Read More

New book chapter “The Right to the Datafied City: Interfacing the Urban Data Commons”

Just out, a new chapter in this great looking edited volume: de Lange, Michiel. 2019. “The right to the datafied city: Interfacing the urban data commons.” In The Right to the Smart City, edited by Paolo Cardullo, Cesare Di Feliciantonio and Rob Kitchin, 71-83. Bingley: Emerald.     Publication day for ‘The Right to the Smart City’ book edited by @kiddingthecity, Cesare Di Feliciantonio & @RobKitchin published by Emerald. Focuses on smart cities, rights, citizenship, social justice, commons, civic tech, […] Read More

Book launch 14 May 2019 17:00 – 18:30 “The Playful Citizen” @Spui25

Book launch 14 May 2019 17:00 – 18:30 “The Playful Citizen:Civic Engagement in a Mediatized Culture” Spui25 in Amsterdam >>  In cooperation with Amsterdam University Press and the Utrecht Center for Game Research Program 17:00 Welcome – Michiel de Lange (Utrecht University – moderator) 17:05 Intro Sybille Lammes (Leiden University) 17:20 Jeroen Jansz (Erasmus University Rotterdam) 17:35 Joost Raessens (Utrecht University) 17:50 Ingrid Hoofd (Utrecht University) 18:05 panel discussion & Q&A 18:30 Close + drinks   How can digital games encourage […] Read More

2-Year fulltime postdoc vacancy NWO project “Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities”

Work with me as a postdoc at Utrecht University in this project: Direct link to job description >> Postdoc position in project “Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities” (1.0 FTE) Description: We are looking for a Postdoc researcher (2 years, fulltime) who has experience and/or affinity with smart cities, datafication, public values, and design. You will be working at Utrecht University under the supervision of Dr. Michiel de Lange in the collaborative project “Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart […] Read More

New publication: “CyberParks – The Interface Between People, Places and Technology”

Yet another new co-edited volume out this year. Available Open Access.  Costa, Carlos Smaniotto, Ina Šuklje Erjavec, Therese Kenna, Michiel de Lange, Konstantinos Ioannidis, Gabriela Maksymiuk, and Martijn de Waal, eds. 2019. CyberParks – The Interface Between People, Places and Technology: New Approaches and Perspectives, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. [Available Open Access] This edited volume is one of the outcomes of the EU COST funded research and network collaboration COST TU1306 Cyberparks, which has been running from 2014-2018. […] Read More

Out now: Open Access edited volume “The Playful Citizen”

Long time in the making but finally available as an Open Access Publication: The Playful Citizen: Civic Engagement in a Mediatized Culture, edited by René Glas, Sybille Lammes, Michiel de Lange, Joost Raessens, and Imar de Vries (Amsterdam University Press) In addition to being one of the editors, the collection consists of a chapter by me called “The playful city: Citizens making the smart city” (Ch.18). Free pdf download available here >>   With contributions by: Contents 1. The playful citizen: An introduction René Glas, Sybille […] Read More

Presentation “Smart citizens in the Hackable City” @Connekt event about smart cities, 30 Jan. 2019

Yesterday I gave a short talk about The Hackable City project, at a new partner org. of Utrecht University, Connekt, who regularly organize a series of talks on smart urbanism. This one was called “Smart Cities, Hackable Cities?” Below my presentation and the program of this afternoon: Program   14:00 – 14:05             Welcome by Connekt 14:05 – 14:20             Dan Hassler Forest, Universitair Docent Media & Film Studies Utrecht University 14:20 – 14:25             Short Q&A 14:25 – 14:40 […] Read More

New journal article “Playful civic skills”, co-authored with Delaram Ashtari

Visiting PhD scholar Delaram Ashtari and I wrote a paper “Playful civic skills: A transdisciplinary approach to analyse participatory civic games”, about a playtest session we organized in Utrecht on Nov 20 2017, with the help of Tessa Peters & Rolf van Boxmeer who created the urban planning game Redesire. Abstract Although civic participation is an inseparable part of contemporary urban planning, the civic skills needed for meaningful engagement in the planning process and the way citizens learn them are still controversial issues. […] Read More

The [urban interfaces] graduate seminar 2018-2019 “The Right to the City & Urban Commons”

2019 [urban interfaces] graduate seminar series at Utrecht University Dates:12 & 26 February 2019, 12 March (seminars); 19-20 March 2019 (workshop)Location:MCW Lab, Kromme Nieuwegracht 20, UtrechtOrganized by: Nanna Verhoeff, Michiel de Lange, Sigrid Merx, and Lotte van der Molen from the [urban interfaces] research group at Utrecht University.ECTS:4 ECMore information:See http://urbaninterfaces.sites.uu.nl/Fee: € 10,00 (partly covering coffee/lunch during workshop), please bring exact change on the first day of the workshop (March 19)Registration via: RMeS-fgw@uva.nlPlease be sure to specify your master programme, national research school […] Read More

Preview of two upcoming Open Access publications

Sneak preview: Two upcoming Open Access publications are already listed on the publisher’s websites: The Playful Citizen: Civic Engagement in a Mediatized Culture, edited by René Glas, Sybille Lammes, Michiel de Lange, Joost Raessens, and Imar de Vries (Amsterdam University press)   2) The Hackable City: Digital Media and Collaborative City Making in the Network Society, edited by Michiel de Lange and Martijn de Waal (Springer) Both are expected end of this year (2018).

Contribution to Knack Weekend Magazine on Instagram and the city

Belgian magazine Knack Weekend featured an item (in Dutch) about the ways in which social media like Instagram influence the design of cities. The basic idea is that an increasing number of cities and (cultural) organizations are attempting to create picturfe-pretty ‘Instagrammable’ experiences. I was interviewed by the author, Nathalie Le Blanc who found me through this earlier article on a similar topic, and I am mentioned in the article: Graffiti heette het vroeger, en dook het ergens op, dan haalden stadsbesturen vaak zo […] Read More

Contribution to article “How Instagram Is Changing the Way We Design Cultural Spaces”

A while ago I contributed to a story “How Instagram Is Changing the Way We Design Cultural Spaces” written by Emily Matchar for Smithsonian Magazine. I had kind of forgotten about it, until I was contacted by another journalist interested in Instagram Urbanism, who had found me via this story. Here’s the quote. How Instagram Is Changing the Way We Design Cultural Spaces As neighborhoods, restaurants and museums become more photogenic, are we experiencing an “Instagramization” of the world? […] Michiel […] Read More

Talk “Critical making of Public Urban Interfaces: an Approach to Designing Frictional Data Dashboards”

On Wednesday 27 June 2018 I gave a short presentation at the NECS2018 conference in Amsterdam. In the presentation I talked about the issue of engaging people with urban data and frictions through alternative approaches to data dashboard design, something I have been interested in for some time. In the talk I briefly spoke about two types of urban dashboards as smart city interfaces: one very efficiency-driven, the other one more artistic and engaging. I then spoke about two more […] Read More

New chapter “From real-time city to asynchronicity: exploring the real-time smart city dashboard”

Fresh from the press, this interesting edited volume by colleagues Sybille Lammes, Chris Perkins, Alex Gekker, Sam Hind, Clancy Wilmott and Daniel Evans, called “Time for mapping: Cartographic temporalities”. I have a chapter in the book called  “From real-time city to asynchronicity: exploring the real-time smart city dashboard”. In this essay, I pursue the idea of an ‘asynchronous smart city’ (as originally suggested by design researchers Julian Bleecker and Nicolas Nova), using the temporal framework of sociologist Barbara Adam. At stake, I argue, […] Read More