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The Hackable City


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Introduction. The Hacker, the City and Their Institutions: From Grassroots Urbanism to Systemic Change.- Part I: Design Practices in the Hackable City.- Power to the People: Hacking the City with Plug-In Interfaces for Community Engagement.- Rapid Street Game Design: Prototyping Lab for Urban Change.- The City as Perpetual Beta: Fostering Systemic Urban Acupuncture.- Part II: Changing Roles.- Transforming Cities by Designing with Communities.- Economic Resilience Through Community-driven (Real Estate) Development in Amsterdam-Noord.- This is Our City! Urban Communities Re-Appropriating Their City.- Removing Barriers for Citizen Participation to Urban Innovation.- Part III: Hackers and Institutions.- Working in Beta: Testing Urban Experiments and Innovation Policy within Dublin City Council.- Reinventing the Rules: Emergent Gameplay for Civic Learning.- Data Flow in the Smart City: Open Data vs. The Commons.- Part IV: Theorizing the Hackable City.- Hacking, Making, and Prototyping for Social Change.- Unpacking the Smart City Through the Lens of the Right to the City: A Taxonomy as a Way Forward in Participatory Citymaking.- A Hacking Atlas: Holistic Hacking in the Urban Theater.- Of Hackers and Cities: How Selfbuilders in the Buiksloterham Are Making their City.- Epilogue: Co-creating a Humane Digital Transformation of Cities.

About the Author

Michiel de Lange is an assistant professor in new media studies at Utrecht University's Department of Media and Culture Studies. He obtained a PhD in Philosophy (2010) from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and works as a researcher and lecturer in the field of (mobile) media, urban culture, identity and play. He is the co-founder of The Mobile City, a platform for the study of new media and urbanism, and the [urban interfaces] research group at Utrecht University.

Martijn de Waal is a lector at the Lectorate of Play & Civic Media at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He holds a PhD from the University of Groningen (2012) and is an internationally renowned scholar in the field of urban media, place making and citizen empowerment. His book 'The City as Interface: How Digital Media are Changing the City' has been internationally well received, and he is regularly invited as a keynote speaker at both academic and professional conferences around the world.

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