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Digital cities 9 Workshop - Hackable Cities: From subversive city-making to systemic change

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  • Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology
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  • Michiel De Lange, Utrecht University
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  • Nanna Verhoeff, Utrecht University
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  • Martin Brynskov
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  • Martijn De Waal, University of Amsterdam

The DC9 workshop takes place on June 27, 2015 in Limerick, Ireland and is titled "Hackable Cities: From Subversive City Making to Systemic Change". The notion of "hacking" originates from the world of media technologies but is increasingly often being used for creative ideals and practices of city making. "City hacking" evokes more participatory, inclusive, decentralized, playful and subversive alternatives to often top-down ICT implementations in smart city making. However, these discourses about "hacking the city" are used ambiguously and are loaded with various ideological presumptions, which makes the term also problematic. For some "urban hacking" is about empowering citizens to organize around communal ibues and perform æsthetic urban interventions. For others it raises questions about governance: what kind of "city hacks" should be encouraged or not, and who decides? Can city hacking be curated? For yet others, trendy participatory buzzwords like these are masquerades for deeply libertarian neoliberal values. Furthermore, a question is how "city hacking" may mature from the tactical level of smart and often playful interventions to the strategic level of enduring impact. The Digital Cities 9 workshop welcomes papers that explore the idea of "hackable city making" in constructive and critical ways.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationC&T2015 - 7th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, Conference Proceedings
EditorsFiorella de Cindio, Gabriela Avram, Volkmar Pipek
Number of pages3
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year27 Jun 2015
ISBN (Electronic)9781450334600
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2015
Event7th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, C and T 2015 - Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 27 Jun 201530 Jun 2015


Conference7th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, C and T 2015
SponsorJournal of Community Informatics

    Research areas

  • City Making, Hackability, Smart City, Urban Curation

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