These Cities Are Made For Watchin’

Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs, by Ubisoft, has finally come out. In this game, you play an urban hacker in Chicago, who can hack into the operating system of the city and turn the very built environment into a weapon. We have talked about the game earlier in the context of how data-driven urban infrastructures create new possibilities of looking at the city and acting in it — for governments, citizens and hackers.

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How Mobile Kiosks And Craft Beers Can Drive Urban Transformation

Binckse Belofte: a craft beer brewed in Binckhorst

On 26th May, artist and urban curator Sabrina Lindemann will be leading a Stadsklas session in Binckhorst in The Hague, a former industrial site that’s undergoing a process of transformation. Lindemann’s project agency OpTrek aims to play a substantial role in the urban revitalization process by opening up the area through a number of varied and creative interventions, varying from a kiosk strategy to the launch of a local Binckhorst beer brand.

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Wearables For A Modern Urban Lifestyle

Personal Space Dress

Personal space can be a rare thing in overpopulated contemporary cities. Metro systems in cities like London, Tokyo and Hong Kong can be so overcrowded that you’re forced to share that space with strangers. That’s why Hong Kong-based artist Kathleen McDermott created a dress that automatically expands when someone gets too close.

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How Indie Architects Revitalize An Area From The Inside Out

Architecture firm ZUS is headquartered in the Schieblock building, one of central hubs in the area. On the right you see a part of the Luchtsingel

The most effective way to bring positive change to an area is through personal understanding of problems as well as involvement and investment in solutions, but how does one go about accomplishing this? Architecture firm ZUS and urban strategist team Stipo have been responsible for extensive bottom-up spatial planning projects in Rotterdam. Together, they will utilize the city of Rotterdam as their classroom to explore these concepts in the fifth installment of Stadsklas on May 22nd.

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