The City as Interface

Martijn de Waal published a new book at Nai/010 Publishers; The City as Interface. Digital and mobile media are changing the way urban life takes shape and how we experience our built environment. This seems a mainly practical matter: thanks to these technologies we can organize our lives more conveniently. But the rise of these ‘urban media’also presents us with an important philosophical issue: What do they mean for how the city functions as a community?

Employing examples of new media uses as well as historical case studies, Martijn de Waal shows how new technologies, on one level, contribute to the further individualization and liberalization of urban society. There is an alternative future scenario, however, in which digital media construct a new definition of the urban public sphere. In the process they also breathe new life into the classical republican ideal of the city as an open, democratic ‘community of strangers’.

NAi010 Publishers / English version is expected May / June 2013

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Upcoming Lectures around the theme:

2 Apr De Stad als Interface Pakhuis de Zwijger (Amsterdam)

4 Apr Creative Drive (Heerlen)

5 Apr Nationaal Congres Open Data (Eindhoven)

5 Apr Alumnidag Univeristy of Amsterdam

16 Apr Collegedag Publieke Ruimte Publieke Zaak. (Den Haag)

17 Apr Congres Stad en Ruimte (Ede)

18 Apr Zuiderkerklezing (Amsterdam)

25 Apr Lunchlezing Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving (Den Haag)

17 May Social Media & Urban Self Organization Conference (Delft)

12 Juni Topos (Maastricht)