Employ­ing exam­ples of new media uses as well as his­tor­i­cal case stud­ies, I want­ed to show how new tech­nolo­gies, on one lev­el, con­tribute to the fur­ther indi­vid­u­al­iza­tion and lib­er­al­iza­tion of urban soci­ety. There is an alter­na­tive future sce­nario, how­ev­er, in which dig­i­tal media con­struct a new def­i­n­i­tion of the urban pub­lic sphere. In the process they also breathe new life into the clas­si­cal repub­li­can ide­al of the city as an open, demo­c­ra­t­ic ‘com­mu­ni­ty of strangers’.

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

Mar­ti­jn de Waal’s book “The City as Inter­face” is sure to be a good anti­dote to neolib­er­al agen­das thin­ly veiled as pro­gres­sive smart city programs.

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Kars Alfrink

Kars is a designer, researcher and educator focused on emerging technologies, social progress and the built environment.