City Making Lab

City Making Lab facilitates a transdisciplinary dialogue investigating ongoing developments at the intersection of digitalization and the city.

Climate City
19.00-20.30, 20 November 2019
Registration (upcoming)

@ Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

City to Go
19.00-20.30, 15 July 2019
Registration (fully booked)

@ Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

City Making in the Digital Age
19.00-20.30, 21 February 2019
Registration (fully booked)

@ Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society


Smart Citizen

City Making Lab is a series of programs focusing on digitalization and the city. City Making Lab is a co-operation between Hybrid Space Lab and Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG).

City Making Lab investigates ongoing developments at the intersection of cities and digital technology, engaging with urban mobility and public space, new patterns of space utilization for living and working, circular city, climate adaptation and healthy cities.

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 Lab aims to bridge the gap between data and privacy experts and urbanists, architects, city makers, civil society and governance.

Cities around the world who want to present themselves as innovative and sustainable are in the process of introducing a multitude of new technologies. These should make city life more efficient, comfortable, sustainable and, in some cases, even more democratic. This development, known as the “Smart City”, uses sensors that collect data on traffic conditions, air quality, waste management, energy consumption, etc. – with the goal of giving administrations the ability to make informed decisions and urban processes Optimize infrastructure. At the same time, digital platforms are transforming the city (usage). In addition, many cities are working together with private companies in an effort to become a “smart city,” hoping to offset the lack of internal expertise with external expertise.

The leitmotif of City Making Lab – “digital macht stadt” – captures the potential of digital technology to power city development and re-define power in the city.
|In the centennial year with its widespread celebrations of the Bauhaus, the icon of industrial-era, City Making Lab addresses “City Making in the Digital Age”.
The kick-off event of the City Making Lab series will take place on February 21st 2019 with a keynote lecture by Marleen Stikker, co-founder of WAAG Society and focus on “City Making in the Digital Age“.

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

What responsibilities does a smart city have towards its residents?

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?