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 (Utrecht University) Carina Listerborn (University of Malmö) Linda Kool (Rathenau Institute) Liesbet van Zoonen (Erasmus University, LDE Centre for BOLD […] 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 of our mediatized cities. Central is the question how urban interfaces may act as privileged sites to negotiate contemporary frictions […] 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: 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 Knowledge, Knowledge Lab Urban Big Data, Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens. Queries and abstracts to    Jiska Engelbert, Deadline abstracts              […] 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, participation, ethics — Rob Kitchin (@RobKitchin) June 7, 2019 Includes chapters by @trolleytweet, Jiska Engelbert, Alberto Vanolo, @mdelange, […] 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 and develop civic engagement? Can players be turned into ecological citizens? And could games revise oppressive social structures? This playful […] 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 Cities”. The project is funded by NWO as part of the Smart Culture – Creative Cities call. The overall Project […] 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. See the Cyberparks website here >>   This edited volume contains two chapters to which I contributed: de Lange, Michiel, […] 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 Lammes, Michiel de Lange, Joost Raessens, and Imar de Vries   Part I Ludo-literacies Introduction to Part I René Glas, […] 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             Michiel de Lange, Universitair Docent Nieuwe Media Studies, Universiteit Utrecht 14:40 – 14:45             Short Q&A 14:45 – 15:00 […] 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. Digital transformations establish thematic connections between hitherto separated disciplines like media and communication studies and urban planning around citizen participation. […] 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 € 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 and university New technologies and datafication in so-called smart cities affect how we interface with the city. Social, economic and […] 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 snel mogelijk hun hogedrukreiniger boven. Maar streetart lokt bezoekers naar de minder toeristische hoekjes van je stad en dus worden […] 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 de Lange, a professor of new media studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, says many cities are trying to […] 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 or less concrete cases to illustrate a possible approach for designing frictional public data dashboards. One is the recent workshop […] 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, is to unbox what is presented as real-time mapping beyond the merely discursive level, and to develop ‘asynchronicity’ as an […] Read More

Interview Medialab Katowice about municipal data and public values

Medialab Katowice published an e-mail interview with me, as part of the Data (for) Culture conference in Katowice at which I spoke in December 2017. Here is the link to the interview on the Medialab Katowice website >> Below the original correspondence (unedited version of the interview): ?ukasz Mirocha (LM): Generally speaking, what is the role of data in the city of 2018? What value has it for different actors: municipalities, citizens, local and non-local businesses?  Michiel de Lange (Michiel de Lange): The role of data in today’s cities is already pretty huge and will only become more important. Data are being used extensively by many […] Read More

1 PhD + 1 postdoc position NWO project ”Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities” deadline 20 April ’18

Recently, the research project ”Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities” in which I am co-applicant received a NWO grant, as part of the program Smart Culture – Creative Cities. Project lead: Mascha van der Voort. Co-leads: Peter-Paul Verbeek & Michiel de Lange. The mid-sized and centrally located municipality of Amersfoort is building a new Internet of Things infrastructure. A consortium of public and private partners will develop a government+citizen+academic+industry collaboration (a so-called ’quadruple helix’) that allows a wide range of stakeholders to become involved in shaping their urban future. In a series of co-design sessions a number of ethical, juridical, and social […] Read More