Martijn de Waal: The City as Interface

How do media influence the way that the city functions as a community? Digital and mobile media are changing the way urban life takes shape and how we experience our built environment. On the face of it, this is mainly a practical matter: thanks to these technologies we can organize our lives more conveniently. But the rise of ‘urban media’ also presents us with an important philosophical issue: How do they influence the way that the city functions as a community?
Employing examples of new media uses as well as historical case studies, Martijn de Waal shows 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’.
How Digital Media are Changing the City
author: Martijn de Waal
€ 22.50 | Available Europe 5 February 2014 | USA April
English | ISBN 978-94-6208-050-8
English epub| ISBN 978-94-6208-076-8
paperback | 208 p | 14.5x22.7 cm | design: Joseph Plateau | nai010 publishers with the support from The Creative Industries Fund NL, Municipal Servives for Arts and Culture, City of Rotterdam and Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Foundation

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