Hacking Buiksloterham: how self-builders are making their city

M. de Lange, M. Waal

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The aim of the research-by-design project The Hackable City is to develop a research agenda and toolkit that explores the role of digital media technologies for new directions for urban planning and city-making. How can citizens, design professionals, local government institutions and others creatively use digital technologies in collaborative processes of urban planning and management? The project seeks to connect developments of, on the one hand, city municipalities that develop smart-city policies and testing these in ‘urban living labs’ and, on the other hand, networked smart-citizen initiatives of people innovating and shaping their own living environments. In this contribution we look at how self-builders in urban lab Buiksloterham in Amsterdam have become ‘hackers’ of their own city, cleverly shaping the future development of a brownfield neighbourhood in Amsterdam’s northern quarter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMediations: art & design agency and participation in public space
Subtitle of host publicationconference proceedings
EditorsSaba Golchehr, Rosa Ainley, Adrian Friend, Cathy Johns, Karolina Raczynska
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoyal College of Art
ISBN (Print)9781910642184
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2016
EventMediations: art & design agency and participation in public space - Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Nov 201622 Nov 2016


Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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