metroZones focuses on the design and transformation of urban space through digital technologies and platform economies. Is web-based urban production replacing creative production? A translocal exploration between Moritzplatz, Brooklyn, London and Hamburg. A conversation with Amanda Wasielewski, Adam Greenfield and Ulf Treger.
Five years ago, metroZones investigated the Creative Industry Cluster Moritzplatz. Today, the credo of creative urban production seems to have given way to digital production: everywhere there is talk of urban smartness, Webtech and startup ecosystems.
What does the advance of „platform capitalism“ (Nick Srnicek) and network technologies mean for everyday urban life? What specific roles do tech industries and „makers“ play for urban reformatting and upgrading? And what possibilities are there for residents to intervene in these developments? metroZones discusses these questions using examples from Brooklyn, London or Hamburg and the Otto-Suhr housing estate on Moritzplatz, with media scientist Amanda Wasielewski (Amsterdam), network critic Adam Greenfield (London), web designer Ulf Treger (Hamburg) and Hannes Strobel from BOSS & U, the alliance Otto Suhr housing estate & surroundings (Berlin).
- „WebTech, Urban Affairs and the metroZapp „, introduction by Anne Huffschmid, Kathrin Wildner and Erwin Riedman (metroZones)
- „Maker Place Brooklyn“, input by Amanda Wasielewski
- „Radical Technologies and the Everyday“, input from Adam Greenfield
- „New Strategies for the Everyday“, discussion with Ulf Treger and metroZones
Amanda Wasielewski (media scholar, author by Made of Brooklyn (2018)
Adam Greenfield is founder and managing director of design practice Urbanscale (http://urbanscale.org), Senior Urban Fellow at LSE Cities in London, and author most recently of Against the smart city
Ulf Treger co-organizer City/Data/Explosion and other projects on digital tools and practices, (www.dekoder.de)
metroZones within the framework of urbanize! International Festival for Urban Explorations in Berlin, October 5 – 14, 2018