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

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?

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?

What Urban Media Art Can Do

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

Games will Save the City

With Play the City Foundation. In the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017 Gabriele…

Street Values

With Heritage Lab. With this research project we organized three ‘ateliers’ in the spring of…

Hackable Metropolis Buiksloterham International

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

Welcome to Pokeville

Martijn de Waal ‘Welcome to Pokeville’ in Jürgen Mayer & Martijn de Waal Could Should…

Owning the City: New Media and Citizen Engagement in Urban Design

Over the last few years, the term “smart cities” has gained traction in academic, industry,…

Social Media and the Transformation of Public Space

Coordinators José van Dijck  and Thomas Poell Participants José van Dijck, Thomas Poell, Mark Deuze,…


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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