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Michiel de Lange (1976) is an Assistant Professor in New Media Studies, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University; co-founder of The Mobile City, a platform for the study of new media and urbanism; advisor e-culture at Mediafonds; and works as a researcher in the field of (mobile) media, urban culture, identity and play. Since April 1 2015, he is a researcher in the NWO Creative Industries funded project “The Hackable City”, about the ways digital media shape the future of city making.

In 2010 Michiel completed his PhD dissertation at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (Faculty of Philosophy) called “Moving Circles: mobile media and playful identities”. It is about the way mobile media technologies shape the construction of personal and cultural identities in urban settings. De Lange was trained as an anthropologist at the University of Amsterdam, and studied Industrial Design and Management for a year at the TU Delft. De Lange studies, writes, gives talks, and organizes events about media technologies in the city. 

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Involved in the following study programme(s)
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Project:
[urban interfaces]
13.05.2014 to
General project description 

[urban interfaces] is a platform for a critical investigation of urban interfaces for creative and participatory engagement at the crossing of academic research and cultural practices. Focusing on mobile and situated media, arts, and performances, the platform brings together and initiates critical reflections on, and actual interventions in, these socio-spatial activities and their shaping and staging of urban culture.


[urban interfaces] is an initiative of the interdisciplinary Department for Media and Culture Studies (MCW) at Utrecht University, and collaborates with an expanding (international) network of academic and cultural partners.

Role Researcher Funding
No information available
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Naomi Bueno de Mesquita
  • Karen Lancel
Project:
Utrecht Data School
01.01.2013 to 01.01.2021
General project description 

Utrecht Data School is a research platform for investigating datafication in public management, police and security, and the media industry. It is a teaching platform for digital methods, data practices and data visualization. The Utrecht Data School employs entrepreneurial research as a method to immerse into the field where datafication transforms society. Carrying out commissioned research projects for external partners, the members of the Utrecht Data School are deeply embedded in the unfolding transformation of society through emerging data practices.

Role Researcher Funding
External funding: The Utrecht Data School is mostly funded through entrepreneurial research
Project members UU

Completed projects

Project:
The Hackable City: Collaborative Citymaking in Urban Living Lab Buiksloterham 01.04.2015 to 01.04.2016
General project description

Against the background of the CLICKNL Smart & Social Media and Big Data (Media & ICT) research agendas, this project investigates the role of new media technologies in urban planning, governance, and management - a collection of practices we call city making.

Two developments are of interest:

1) The rise of "big" and "open" data; allowing for new ways to analyze and visualize salient urban issues and development opportunities.

2) The rise of social media platforms; allowing citizens, companies and institutions to (self) organize publics around these issues and opportunities in new ways.

These two trends hold the promise of providing citizens with agency to become active change agents in the development of their cities. But they also raise new societal questions about the democratic governance of our cities.

Two mutual complementary research lines will explore these issues. Building upon the technological trends mentioned above, an embedded researcher will design a (new media) prototype to be tested in the redevelopment of Buiksloterham in Amsterdam-Noord, addressing issues of agency. A university researcher will simultaneously study the societal aspects of the new opportunities from the perspective of governance.

Point of departure is our notion of a hackable city. In a hackable city, new media technologies are used to open up urban institutions and infrastructures to systemic change in the public interest. It combines top-down smart-city technologies with bottom-up "smart citizen" initiatives.
This study results in a prototype for a ?hackable city making? process, that can serve as a (commercial) development model for designers, as well as in a scholarly reflection on the societal opportunities and challenges that come with it."


See http://themobilecity.nl/hackable.

 
Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant: NWO Creative Industries Embedded research
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Martijn de Waal (UvA/HvA)
Project:
Hackable Metropolis Amsterdam: investigating the future of city-making in urban lab Buiksloterham 01.08.2014 to 28.02.2015
General project description

Our aim is to develop a research agenda and consortium that explores the role of digital media technologies in new directions for urban planning and city making. How can citizens, design professionals, local government institutions and others use digital technologies in collaborative processes of urban planning and management?

This project seeks to connect two parallel yet largely separate developments. On the one hand city municipalities worldwide embark on smart city policies, together with tech businesses and knowledge institutions. They deploy digital technologies and big data to optimize services like traffic, energy, environment, governance and health. On the other hand bottom-up smart citizen initiatives in many cities blossom, consisting of networked people who engage in issues like neighborhood livability, community building, energy provisioning, sharing resources and measuring and generating environmental data. Often they employ sensor technologies, use open data or utilize digital media to organize themselves around a common issue.

Since these two movements rarely interact, opportunities are wasted to combine capacities of various stakeholders in city making with digital technologies. In this research by design project we forward the notion of the "hackable city" to investigate how new media technologies can open up urban institutions and infrastructures to systemic change by citizens.

Buiksloterham in Amsterdam-Noord is our case and testing ground. Developers here have committed to combining the two above-mentioned perspectives. The area functions as an urban laboratory to study and experiment with opportunities, challenges and conditions for the "hackable city".

See http://www.nwo.nl/en/research-and-results/research-projects/04/2300188604.html.

 
Role Project Leader & Researcher Funding
NWO grant: NWO KIEM
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Martijn de Waal (UvA/HvA)
Project:
GATE: Mobile learning - Citizen science 01.09.2010 to 01.03.2012
General project description

To use mobile applications and games for learning purposes an appropriate use of design principles for story-telling, spatial indication and social networks is indispensable. To improve learning results, stories have to be aptly integrated in game-play, maps have to be properly incorporated in the game and must be open for development by players, and social networks have to facilitate a sharing of learning results and processes. In this GATE knowledge transfer project we want to use and apply the knowledge that has been gained in work package 4.2 (see GATE project) about these three areas in order to improve and evaluate the learning results of mobile applications and games that are developed by 7scenes. This KTP will also function as a practical benchmark to further substantiate the design principles that Utrecht University has developed in workpackage 4.2.

 
Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
Project:
Playful Identities. From Narrative to Ludic Self-Construction 01.09.2005 to 28.12.2010
General project description

The aim of this interdisciplinary (conceptual-philosophical, media-theoretical, and qualitative-empirical) project is to investigate if, and if so, to what extent and in what way, digital information and communication technologies are transforming the (construction of) personal and cultural identity. To that end we will develop a theory of ludic identity that critically elaborates on Ricoeur’s theory of narrative identity. In this theory play and games are not only appropriate metaphors for human identity, but they are also conceived of as means by which people reflexively construct their identity. The theory of ludic identity, the outlines of which have been sketched in some of the principal applicant’s previous publications, will be further developed and critically evaluated in three case studies (three PhD projects) focusing on (the domestication of) three different media, respectively: 1. mobile phones, 2. websites, and 3. computer games. Each case study will examine the way the medium-specific characteristics shape and are being shaped by the participation of the user, and on the implications of this for the reflexive construction of personal and cultural identities. By way of dialectical counterpoint, in each of the case studies the practice of reflexive identity construction will be confronted with a specific development that threatens to subject this reflexive self-construction to the logic of an external system (respectively processes of commercialization, globalization and homogenization). The applicants will not only act as the supervisors of the PhD projects, but will also write a synthetic monograph in which the results of the case studies will be integrated and situated in a wider context of historical and philosophical approaches to culture.

 
Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Prof. dr. Jos de Mul (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Prof. dr. Valerie Frissen (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Jeroen Timmermans (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
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Currently dr. Michiel de Lange teaches the following course(s):
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Additional functions and activities

Michiel de Lange is co-founder of The Mobile City, a platform for the study of new media and urbanism; advisor e-culture at Mediafonds; and works as a researcher in the field of (mobile) media, urban culture, identity and play. 

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