Made By Us

[see also the Made By Us project page on The Mobile City >>]


The New Institute, the Netherlands’ new national institute for the creative industry, has invited Dutch research group The Mobile City to help it develop an ongoing dialogue around the concept of smart cities between Chinese and Dutch architects, media makers and designers. We will launch the project Made By Us during the Beijing Design Weekin partnership with the China Millennium Monument Museum of Digital Arts (CMoDA) The programme features an interdisciplinary symposium, an exhibition and a two-day workshop with Dutch and Chinese experts. Participating Dutch creatives include the new media artist Sander Veenhof, Niki Smit from game studio Monobanda, and Mark van der Net (OSCity). Together with their Chinese colleagues they will explore the use of new media technologies in a participatory approach to redeveloping industrial heritage. Made By Us will result in a prototype and exhibition, which will be on view during the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Shenzhen.

Made By Us aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and culture and the growth of market relationships between China and the Netherlands through exhibitions, conversations and collaborations that involve creative producers working in the fields of e-culture, design, architecture and planning.

Phase 1 – Beijing Design Week
Opening: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September 2013 (workshops). Venue: China Millennium Monument Museum of Digital Arts (CMoDA), Beijing. Dates expo: Saturday 28 September – Saturday 5 October 2013.

Check out our Call for Participation for the two-day workshop Made by Us @BJDW, or download the Call for Participation ?? (Chinese, pdf) Call for Participation – Made by Us @BJDW (English, pdf ).



Phase 2 – Netherlands, The New Institute
October and November 2013. Exact dates to be announced.

Phase 3 – Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture
December 2013. Exact dates to be announced.


In China the challenge of meaningfully repurposing former industrial factories is perhaps even more pressing than elsewhere. In part this is because of the sheer quantity of its (heavy and manual) industrial plants, and in part because the fluctuating demands of the international economy as well as shifts in work and environmental regulations plus high labor mobility force frequent adaptations.

How can we use digital media technologies to bring out the issue of repurposing post-industrial heritage? Can we create awareness among the public of the spatial, functional and social qualities of these places? And, more importantly, can we design (temporary) new media interventions that actively involve people as makers and owners instead of mere spectators?

With this intervention we want to contribute to smart city debates in China and elsewhere by focusing on ownership as a design perspective and approach. In short, we use the notion of ownership not in an exclusive sense (as proprietorship) but in an inclusive sense as the extent the which city dwellers feel a sense of responsibility for, and involvement in their surroundings, their fellow citizens and changing urban conditions. How can we engage new publics and allow them to act on collectively shared issues in the city?

With this program, The New Institute and The Mobile City continue the dialogue with Chinese professionals about the future of the media city. See our earlier event ‘Designing the Hybrid City’ in Shanghai during the 2010 World Expo.

The program Made By Us is partly funded by the Creative Industries Fund (





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