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Cursus: ME2V15008
Creative Urban Technologies: Exploring and Navigating the Smart and Social City
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (EC)7,5
After finishing the course, participants will:
  • Have garnered understanding of key issues at the nexus of digital media and urban culture, and smart cities in particular;
  • Become acquainted with critical debates about creative cities and smart cities, as well as a range of affirmative emergent perspectives on people-centric smart cities;
  • Have become familiarized with a hands-on ‘critical making’ approach to addressing these issues, through the design of and reflection on a concrete project.
After finishing the course, participants are able to:
  • Identify standspoints in the debates about smart technologies and urban culture;
  • Articulate their own position in these debates;
  • Develop their own research-by-design project that addresses one of the debates treated during the course;
  • Present their ideas and concepts in written and oral form, during a (public) presentation and in a paper.
Priority rules apply to this course. Make sure you register for this course before June 15, 12.00 noon to be considered for enrollment.
The following students are guaranteed a place:
  • BA TCS or LAS;
  • students who are registered for the minor Creative Cities;
  • pre-master’s students;
  • exchange students.
Other students will be placed by means of random selection. 

The course discusses current developments in smart city making, like urban games, urban screens and data, maker culture, and media art. These so-called urban new media shape contemporary public space, open up the city to new playful experiences, allow new roles for its citizens and visitors, create new forms of urban agency, and invite alternative ways of navigating the city.
As part of the minor Creative Cities the course explores the entanglements between ICTs and the creative city by focussing on the weekly themes, including:
- Smart and creative cities?: Addressing complex urban problems with digital technologies in today’s smart and social cities;
- Citizenship: Leveraging the creative potential of cities through participatory culture, co-creation, mobile apps and open data;
- Media art: Creative critique on the smart city with locative media, digital art and urban screens;
- Data, interfaces and code: Citizen sensing and navigating and authoring the city with location-based technologies and interactive cartography, quantified self, life-logging and mobile story-telling;
- Play and games: Reprogramming the city with urban games and play;
- Maker culture: City-making and do-it-yourself hacker culture with the help of new media technologies.

This course is part of the minor Creative Cities.

LAS and TCS students who follow this course as part of the core curriculum of their major need to complete a compulsory preparation course/assignment. See for more information.
Aanvullende informatie
Early Exit option for international exchange students (5 ECTS)
Exchange students who are required to return to their home university before January, are allowed to choose an Early Exit option for this course. The Early Exit option means that students can finish the course before Christmas break, receiving 5 ECTS for the course. Students must make arrangements with the course coordinator at the start of the course.
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