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The Hackable City: A Research Manifesto and Design Toolkit

hackable cityThis book, published by Mobile City Foundation as part of its Hackable Research project, aims to offer a closer look at the implications of ‘˜hackable city making’ in the form of a Hackable City Research Manifesto and a ‘˜hackable city toolkit’ . This toolkit could give designers, policy makers and citizens a number of ideas to approach projects that they might be working on, providing also a number of strategies to include in their projects.

In a hackable city, new media technologies are employed to open up urban institutions and infrastructures to systemic change in the public interest. It combines top-down smart-city technologies with bottom-up ‘˜smart citizen’ initiatives.

The Hackable City is a research project on the role of digital media in the process of citymaking that resulted from cooperation between One Architecture and The Mobile City Foundation. The project investigates the opportunities of digital media technologies for the empowerment of citizens and other stakeholders in a democratic process of citymaking.


  • Cristina Ampatzidou (University of Amsterdam / University of Groningen)
  • Matthijs Bouw (One Architecture)
  • Froukje van de Klundert (University of Amsterdam)
  • Michiel de Lange (Utrecht University)
  • Martijn de Waal (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences / University of Amsterdam)

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