City Making in the Digital Age


In the centennial year with its widespread celebrations of the Bauhaus, the icon of industrial-era, City Lab addresses “City Making in the Digital Age”.

“City Making in the Digital Age” is the kick-off event of the City Lab, a co-operation between Hybrid Space Lab and Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG).

The digitalization of large parts of city infrastructure raises new questions of privacy, data governance and (digital) design that have historically not been part of city planning, architecture and local governance.

„City Making in the Digital Age“ is introduced by the curators of the City Lab program, Christian Grauvogel (Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society) and Prof. Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Prof. Frans Vogelaar (Hybrid Space Lab).

The moderator Benjamin Knödler discusses with:

keynote speaker Marleen Stikker, co-founder of WAAG Society, an Amsterdam based interdisciplinary non-profit media lab and research institute. In her work, she aims to put social values at the core of technology by creating and promoting open, fair and inclusive innovations. She has been active in the field of internet and digital activism since the early nineties.

and Beate Albert who is the head of the Berlin Partner Smart City Unit.

„City Making in the Digital Age“ is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Berlin.

City Making in the Digital Age

Marleen Stikker Waag Society
21 February 2019
Registration (fully booked)

@ Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

How can citizens actively manage their personal data in a digital city?

What responsibilities does a smart city have towards its residents?

How can technology meaningfully improve citizens’ lives?

For whom is the digital city of the future planned?

Who are the City Makers of the digital age, what are their approaches and their potential, and how can they interact?