Newsletter April 2019

Digitalization transforms our cities, with far-reaching efforts towards technology-powered increased efficiency, sustainability and at times participation.

Newsletter April 2019 @ Hybrid Space Lab, Berlin, 15 April 2019

Digitization raises new questions on privacy, data governance and (digital) design, historically unaddressed by city planning, architecture, civil society and governance.With cities worldwide striving to earn a “Smart City” reputation, it is however disputed who exactly benefits from these concepts. 

Centering the empowerment of the city user, the Smart Citizen, it is urgent to approach and steer technological developments to meet citizens’ needs and desires, supporting our visions of how we want to live in our cities!


City Lab is a co-operation between Hybrid Space Lab and Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) – and aims to facilitate a transdisciplinary dialogue, bridging the gap between data and privacy experts and urbanists, architects, city makers, civil society and governance. 

City Lab’s kick-off event takes place on February 21 2019 with a Keynote by Marleen Stikker, Waag Society in Amsterdam and focusses on „City Making in the Digital Age“.

City Making in the Digital Age is introduced by the curators, Christian Grauvogel (HIIG) and Prof. Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Prof. Frans Vogelaar (Hybrid Space Lab) and moderator Benjamin Knödler discusses with, amongst other panellists, Marleen Stikker, co-founder of WAAG Society, an Amsterdam based interdisciplinary non-profit media lab and research institute. 

City Making in the Digital Age was publicly announced this morning 11th of February 2019 and has already around 100 registered participants. The maximum number of participants is set at 120. 
Registration @ Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society


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 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…

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Newsletter June 2019

Future Narratives and Immersive Experiences symposium at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF on May 22 2019 brought together interdisciplinary co-creators in the audiovisual sector, companies dealing with media, VR / AR / MR, games, 3D sound, the staging of productions, communication, heritage and cultural institutions or other fields of activity with the urge of delivering high-quality storytelling in the digital era.

Newsletter June 2019 @ Hybrid Space Lab, Berlin, 15 June 2019