Designing Social Cities of Tomorrow

Public presentation of workshop results

16 Feb 2012

How can we make use of new media technologies in order to make our cities more social, rather than just more hi-tech? During a three-day workshop 25 innovators from diverse national backgrounds and disciplines (architects, philosophers, engineers, and designers) will work together to tackle that question. Join us for the presentation of their work.


Social Cities of Tomorrow - international conference, organised by The Mobile City and Virtueel Platform with the support of ARCAM, that brings together key thinkers and doers working in the fields of new media and urbanism.

Presentation of workshop results

The cases studied vary from the development of an empty space on Amsterdam's Zeeburgereiland, public space development in Eindhoven's Strijp-S, city making in The Hague's Haagse Havens, to the opportunities of digital media for civic innovation in Amsterdam. Can we port the collaborative principles from e-culture to urban design? How can we make use of digital technologies to enable citizens to act on collectively shared issues? Can media technologies bring about a sense of place and connection among urbanites, and a feeling of ‘ownership’ of their environment? These questions will be addressed in the various presentations. The workshop outcomes contribute to the general debate on new media and urban design.


The workshop precedes the international Social Cities of Tomorrow conference on Friday February 17, 10:00 to 17:30 at the MC Theater in Amsterdam. Keynote speakers Usman Haque, Natalie Jeremijenko, and Dan Hill are intersected with ten showcases of new media and urban design. Visit for tickets and the full program.

More information

The presentation takes place on Thursday February 16, from 20:00 to 22:00. Doors open at 19:30. Tickets are 5,-. Location: Mediamatic Bank, Vijzelstraat 68, Amsterdam. Click here for to reserve your ticket.

Social Cities of Tomorrow is organised by The Mobile City, Virtueel Platform and ARCAM, with the support of Mediamatic and Waag Society. The event is made possible with a generous contribution from the Pauwhof Fonds and Stichting DOEN.