Together with One Architecture we have organized an international comparative research & network project on hackable citymaking projects. In the first half of 2016 we organized site visits & mini symposia in Sao Paulo, Athens and Shenzhen, concluding with a symposium at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam.

May 30 – June 1: Shenzhen visit

From May 30th to June 1st The Hackable City and Maaike Behm from STUDIONINEDOTS visited Shenzhen, where our local partner Tat Lam from Shanzai City and Future Plus Institute helped us to create a program with visits, workshops and a symposium. Shanzhai City’s mission is to shift towards a market where the impacts of social, economic, and environmental considerations are at the core of better business decisions. Future Plus is an institute for innovative education, teaching practice and research. Improving the ability to effectively solve problems to create the future leaders of innovative thinking.

the visit centered around two main locations:

  • Huaqiangbei, an emergent urban marketplace and makerspace
  • Baishizhou Urban Village, grassroots urbanism

In visiting these locations and discussing with project representatives, we wanted to compare and explore fundamental similarities, learn from the experiences in Shenzhen and see in what way institutions are welcoming or even helping these initiatives forward. In particular we are interested in learning how new urban constellations such as business districts or urban villages can emerge from the many interactions between individual actors, and what role both policy makers and the practice of design can play in this process.

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9-11 May:

Athens Visit

From 9 to 11 May The Hackable City and Frank Alsema from Stadslab Buiksloterham visited Athens, where our local partner Dimitris Charitos of the Laboratory of New Technologies in Communication, Education and the Mass Media of the University of Athens helped us to create a program with several citymaking initiatives to visit and discuss. The NTLab is active in research and development in the fields of interaction design, multimedia, virtual environments, mobile communication and locative media, adaptive, personalized and intelligent systems, visual communication and visual design, computer‐mediated communication, game studies, social media, etc.

Here is the list of initiatives we visited:

In visiting these locations and discussing with project representatives, we wanted to compare and explore fundamental similarities, learn from the experiences in Athens and see in what way institutions are welcoming or even helping these initiatives forward.

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15-18 March: Sao Paulo visit

From 15 to 18 March The Hackable City and Rens Wijnakker from DELVA Landscape Architects visited Sao Paulo our local partner Acupuntura Urbana helped us to create a program with official, local and sometimes off the grid urban interventions. Acupuntura Urbana’s mission is to transform public spaces in an active and participatory manner and strengthening relationships that encourage the role of civil society in building a more human city.

Here is the list of initiatives we visited:

During project visits and workshops the different stakeholders were brought together to challenge them in articulating new relationships. These dialogues helped us to better understand the local situation, the interaction between the formal and informal city and how these initiatives change the city from within.

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The Hackable City together with Delva Landscape Architects, Stadslab Buiksloterham and Studioninedots present our research and projects in Buiksloterham Amsterdam at the International Architecture Biennial in Rotterdam. Part of the exhibition is an international knowledge exchange with Sao Paulo, Shenzhen and Athens. Which will conclude with visiting Buiksloterham with our international guests and a mini-symposium at the IABR.