A Lab of Labs: Methods and Approaches for a Human-Centered Design

How can citizens be included as ‘actors’ when designing for smart city technologies and services, rather than as mere ‘factors’? In this book co-edited with Gabriele Ferri we report on the methods used by five leading living labs.

The citizen in the smart city. How the smart city could transform citizenship

Marloes Dignum and myself contributed a literature review article titled The citizen in the smart city. How the smart city could transform citizenship to the Urban Informatics- themed special issue of IT – Information Technology journal, guest-edited by Marcus Foth.


At Thingscon Amsterdam 2017 I co-organized and moderated a panel (with Iskander Smit) on strategies to promote a citizen-centered development of IoT.

A city is not a galaxy: Understanding the city through urban data

I contributed a chapter to Data and the City, edited by Rob Kitchin, Tracey P. Lauriault, Gavin McArdle, published by Routledge as part of the Regions and Cities series. The book is one of the outputs from a Programmable City Workshop that took place in September 2015 that I also took part in.

The Platform Society. How to Defend Public Values in an Online World

How can we safeguard ‘public values’ in a world where social, economic and civic interaction is increasingly mediated by digital platforms? Publication (in Dutch) with Jose van Dijck & Thomas Poell

Street Values (Straatwaarden)

Street Values looks at the relation between heritage and placemaking and the role that heritage professionals could take in activating civic publics in a network society.

Hackable Cityplot @ IABR 2016

The installation ‘Hackable Cityplot’ was featured at the IABR 2016. It brought attention to the collaborative and networked development of the former brownfield site of Buiksloterham in Amsterdam.

Design & The City

Design & The City was a four day conference & workshop exploring citizen-centered design approaches for the smart city.

The Hackable City: A Research Manifesto

This ‘research manifesto’ explores ‘the hackable city’ as an alternative future vision to the smart city. In a hackable city, new media technologies are employed to open up urban institutions and infrastructures to systemic change in the public interest.

The City as Interface: How New Media Are Changing the City

What does the rise of ‘urban media’ mean for the urban public sphere and how do these new media technologies influence the way that the city functions as a community?

Games for Cities. How Games can Improve Citymaking.

With Play the City Foundation and The Mobile City. In the fall of 2016 and…

Round n Around

How can the rise of social media, urban data and the emergence of an ‘internet of things’ be made productive to improve the ‘bikeability’ of Sao Paulo? Together with Het Nieuwe Instituut, Gisela Domschke and the local biking community in Sao Paulo we organized a programme addressing these questions.

What Urban Media Art Can Do

I am honoured to be one of the contributors to this great volume on urban…

Hackable Metropolis Buiksloterham International

Together with One Architecture we have organized an international comparative research & network project on…


RT @MatthijsBouw Nice article about Buiksloterham and the ‘Hackable City’ in Le Monde. @themobilecity @one_arch_urb @FrankAlsema lemonde.fr/smart-cit…

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Short Bio

Martijn de Waal (1972) is a writer and researcher focussing on the relation between digital media, society and urban culture, with a specific interest in public space and civic media.

He is currently working as a senior researcher at the Lectorate of Play and Civic Media at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

His most recent books are De Platformsamenleving. Strijd om publieke waarden in een online wereld (2016, in Dutch) and The City as Interface. How New Media Are Changing the City (2014).


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