Private vs Public: Space, Sharing, Trust and Design – A Talk at Social Cities Amsterdam

Tension between the private and public realm was a recurring component of last autumn’s news, as the users of public space and the stewards of those spaces, both private and municipal, clashed during the Occupy protests. The protests themselves bore the marks of tense private vs public realities, given the immense and disproportionate stores of […]

Hacking the Kinect to Prototype New Connections In Urban Spaces

In September I was invited to participate in “Builders at Play”, a quick-hit session in Amsterdam which functioned as something of a public space hackathon, finding ways in which connected technologies can transform public space. My starting point was something I’ve long been obsessed with – desire paths. Desire paths are the footpaths created by […]

Urban Play’s long media tail

It’s very satisfying to find Urban Play still buzzing around the media months after its launch, with Russia and the Ukraine paying particular interest recently. The images below are from a beautiful spread in the Ukraine’s wonderful Salon magazine. I felt compelled to share them after getting the PDF from the editor so those who […]