Blogging the City http://bloggingthecity.com Just another WordPress site Fri, 05 Oct 2012 16:10:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Thank You! http://bloggingthecity.com/news/thank-you/ http://bloggingthecity.com/news/thank-you/#respond Fri, 05 Oct 2012 16:10:23 +0000 http://bloggingthecity.com/?p=378 Blogging the City. It was a great conference, and we have to thank so many people for making it an unforgettable day.]]> Laaaaaadies and gentlemen! Yesterday we brought together our favorite selection of bloggers in Amsterdam at Blogging the City. It was a great conference, and we have to thank so many people for making it an unforgettable day.

First of all we’d like to thank our wonderful speakers: Stefan Höffken (Urbanophil)Régine Debatty (we-make-money-not-art)Zef Hemel (Vrijstaat Amsterdam)Luc Harings (ilovenoord)Wouter Boon (Amsterdam Ad Blog), Martijn de Waal (The Mobile City)Mikael Colville-Andersen (Copenhagenize)Filip Visnjic (CreativeApplications)Rudolf Klöckner (Urban Shit)Antonia Märzhäuser (Freunde von Freunden)Charlie Hilton (Urban Times)Ernst-Jan Pfauth (Pfauth.com), and Josh Rosh (Philips)!

Thanks also to the people that joined us in organizing the event and to all the partners that helped us making this event possible: PhilipsNetherlands Architecture Fund, the City of Amsterdam, the Goethe Institute, the Danish Cultural InstitutePakhuis de Zwijger, the Lloyd Hotel, the Virtueel Platform, AirBnB and Wikistedia. Last but not least, a big “Thank You!” to the great audience, both online and offline.

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A Chat With Antonia Märzhäuser (Freunde Von Freunden) http://bloggingthecity.com/news/a-chat-with-antonia-marzhauser-freunde-von-freunden/ http://bloggingthecity.com/news/a-chat-with-antonia-marzhauser-freunde-von-freunden/#respond Wed, 03 Oct 2012 14:03:10 +0000 http://bloggingthecity.com/?p=368 Tomorrow we're bringing together a selection of Europe's finest city, design and culture bloggers in Amsterdam at Blogging the City, a one-day conference where the 'blogosphere' discusses the urban future. Counting the days to the event, we're publishing a series of short interviews with some of the speakers. Today: Antonia Märzhäuser of Freunde von Freunden, a Berlin-based interview and photography blog that offers a unique view into the lives of the creative class in the German capital and other big cities around the globe. In 2011, FvF launched its first book, Freunde von Freunden Berlin. A second book is in the making.]]>

Tomorrow we’re bringing together a selection of Europe’s finest city, design and culture bloggers in Amsterdam at Blogging the City, a one-day conference where the ‘blogosphere’ discusses the urban future. Counting the days to the event, we’re publishing a series of short interviews with some of the speakers. Today: Antonia Märzhäuser of Freunde von Freunden, a Berlin-based interview and photography blog that offers a unique view into the lives of the creative class in the German capital and other big cities around the globe. In 2011, FvF launched its first book, Freunde von Freunden Berlin. A second book is in the making.

1. What puts your city on the map?
“Berlin is known for its creative potenial, cheap rents and food and a lot of space. But all these things aready started to become less and less, so I think what really makes Berlin an interesting place is that it has so many different faces. Charlottenburg is so different from Mitte and so are the people’s mentalities. The history of the city always made Berlin an extraordinary place, but now its the first time maybe since the 20’s that the city really becomes international.”

2. A topic that really needs to be more discussed in the European urban world is “…”, because “…”?
“…is sustainable urban development because what makes  European cities different from cities in for example the US it their heterogenity within the city centre. We should think about how we can maintain this and should think about ways to stop the migration of people of lower income to the city’s periphery.”

3. As a blogger, how does Amsterdam inspire you?
“You have to ask me this question after the conference again!”

4. Some people paint the town red. What would you paint?
“I would leave it the way it is. Cities change in their own organic way and I think people shouldn’t intefere too much when it comes to aesthetics.”

5. On your blog you portray people in their homes or working environments. Could you tell us about your place, and show us your favorite piece of furniture?
“I live in a very calm and green area of Kreuzberg (yes, thats possible). Its an very old building with and I think what I like most about the apartment itself is the really weird stuccoed ceiling. When I moved in I thought its swans but if you take a closer look you realize that the adornment is made out of dragons.”

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A Chat With Mikael Colville-Andersen (Copenhagenize) http://bloggingthecity.com/news/a-chat-with-mikael-colville-andersen-copenhagenize/ http://bloggingthecity.com/news/a-chat-with-mikael-colville-andersen-copenhagenize/#respond Mon, 01 Oct 2012 10:07:46 +0000 http://bloggingthecity.com/?p=333 Blogging the City in Amsterdam. Ahead of the one-day festival, we publish short interviews with some of the speakers. Today: Mikael Colville-Andersen! Mobility expert Colville-Andersen is Denmark’s bicycle ambassador. His blog Copenhagenize highlights bicycle culture in Copenhagen, and placed the Danish capital on the map as a prominent green metropolis and one of the world's most bicycle-friendly cities.]]> This Thursday we’re bringing together Europe’s leading city, design and culture bloggers at Blogging the City in Amsterdam. Ahead of the one-day festival, we publish short interviews with some of the speakers. Today: Mikael Colville-Andersen! Mobility expert Colville-Andersen is Denmark’s bicycle ambassador. His blog Copenhagenize highlights bicycle culture in Copenhagen, and placed the Danish capital on the map as a prominent green metropolis and one of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities.

1. What puts your city on the map?
“There is a lot of hype about Copenhagen these days. It’s really the hottest city on the planet. There is focus on the liveable city and our bicycle culture. All good, but sometimes the hype gets out of hand and politicians lose sight of the goals.”

2. A topic that really needs to be more discussed in the European urban world is “…”, because “…”?
“Restablishing the bicycle as transport in our cities because we know that automobiles are killing our cities and ourselves. Generally, the goal is liveable cities but the bicycle is the most effective tool in our urban toolbox to achieve the goal.”

3. As a blogger, how does Amsterdam inspire you?
“Amsterdam is fantastic. The people are brilliant and amazingly friendly. It really is a last bastion of relaxed rationality in the world. I will never understand why the city is never in the top 20 list from Monocle of the world’s most liveable cities. It baffles me.”

4. Some people paint the town red. What would you paint?
“I would paint big-ass signs saying, ‘Park your car, you selfish bastard. Take a bike or public transport.'”

5. What city do you consider the world’s bicycle capital and why?
“Both Amsterdam and Copenhagen. They are equals but they are different, too. Amsterdam is compact while Copenhagen is more spread out with long, straight stretches. So even though there are the same number of cyclists, you feel there are more in Amsterdam. I love riding in Amsterdam. You have eye contact with so many people on bikes all day. In Copenhagen, however, urban planners can see how their own city would look with extensive bicycle infrastructure, so it tends to inspire more. Amsterdam is Fantasyland. Copenhagen is Tomorrowland.”

Want to attend Blogging the City? Please RSVP! The afternoon program is sold out, but there’s still spots available for the night program (8-11 PM).

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A Chat With Martijn De Waal (The Mobile City) http://bloggingthecity.com/news/a-chat-with-martijn-de-waal-the-mobile-city/ http://bloggingthecity.com/news/a-chat-with-martijn-de-waal-the-mobile-city/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:52:21 +0000 http://bloggingthecity.com/?p=331 Blogging the City, a one-day festival where the 'blogosphere' discusses the urban future. Ahead of the event, we'll introduce you to some of our speakers through a series of short interviews. First one is Martijn de Waal, Amsterdam-based journalist and researcher and one of the founders of The Mobile City, a blog run by an independent research group that investigates the influence of digital media technologies on urban life, and the implications for urban design.]]> Next week, on Thursday 4 October, we’re bringing Europe’s finest city, design and culture bloggers to Amsterdam for Blogging the City, a one-day festival where the ‘blogosphere’ discusses the urban future. Ahead of the event, we’ll introduce you to some of our speakers through a series of short interviews. First one is Martijn de Waal, Amsterdam-based journalist and researcher and one of the founders of The Mobile City, a blog run by an independent research group that investigates the influence of digital media technologies on urban life, and the implications for urban design.

1. What puts your city on the map?
“I love Amsterdam for its livability. It’s small enough to get almost everywhere on your bike in less than 20 minutes. But although it’s a small city, it’s big enough to host a number of major cultural institutions and happenings that give the city a cosmopolitan atmosphere.”

2. A topic that really needs to be more discussed in the European urban world is “…”, because “…”
“We really should extend the debate about smart cities. So far, it is mostly framed in terms of efficiency and personal services. That is: new media will help us run our cities more efficient, with ‘smart’ public transport, ‘smart’ roads etc. Or it will help us to personalize the experience of the city, guiding us to our destinations as quickly as possible, or advising us where to go. Now, in essence there is nothing wrong with that. It’s great if this can improve our public transport and reduce our emissions. However, a city is much more than a bunch of infrastructure that we need to run as economically as we can. A city is mostly about people and their social relations. So we should also ask the question how can we make use of these same new media technologies to make our cities more social, rather than just more hi-tech.”

3. As a blogger, how does Amsterdam inspire you?
“It has to do with what I mentioned above: it has a great number of institutions in the field of new media culture. Mediamatic, Waag Society, NIMk, Virtual Platform, Submarine Channel, Appsterdam. It also hosts great events ranging from Picnic and The Next Web to smaller and more edgy events such as the Fiber Festival. It’s great in the sense that there is vibrant under ground or alternative culture, as well more established institutions and the link between those two is fairly well developed as well.”

4. Do you ever go ‘offline’ without mobile devices? Or do you always take these with you to be connected to the Internet?
“Of course I am usually connected, and it’s almost scary how dependent we have become on tapping into the cloud. When I am on a holiday and there is no wifi, that means I cannot read my newspaper, no access to my music, etc. On the other hand: it also feels as a luxury to be unconnected, not to be continuously distracted by the stream of incoming emails, Facebook event invitations, etc. etc.”

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One Week To Go! http://bloggingthecity.com/news/one-week-to-go/ http://bloggingthecity.com/news/one-week-to-go/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:48:34 +0000 http://bloggingthecity.com/?p=326 Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam for Blogging the City, a one-day conference where the ‘blogosphere’ discusses the urban future. What are the major trends in the contemporary city, and what is the role of bloggers in setting the agenda for urban development?]]> Ladies and gentlemen! Next week, on Thursday 4 October, we bring together Europe’s most trendsetting bloggers at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam for Blogging the City, a one-day conference where the ‘blogosphere’ discusses the urban future. What are the major trends in the contemporary city, and what is the role of bloggers in setting the agenda for urban development?

Bloggers have increasingly gained influence in city-making and experienced by accumulating their large numbers of readers and followers. Next week, fifteen trendsetting bloggers from the Netherlands and abroad get on stage to share what drives them, inspires them, and what their ideas are when it comes to topics such as urban development, architecture, food, design, bicycle culture, street art, and new media.

Blogging the City is the world’s first conference that brings together bloggers to share their perspective on the city of the future. Blogging the City will be a not-to-miss source of inspiration for everyone interested in cities, urban development, design and new media.

Speakers at Blogging the City include Mikael Colville-Andersen, Denmark’s national bicycle ambassador and founder of the Copenhagenize blog, the Dutch author and blog guru Ernst-Jan Pfauth, Filip Visnjic of London-based CreativeApplications, blogger and Head of Amsterdam’s Urban Planning Department Zef Hemel, Hamburg-based street art blogger Rudolf Klöckner, and Régine Debatty, who is the driving force behind we-make-money-not-art. Please go here to check out all speakers.

Blogging the City is initiated by the The Pop-Up City and powered by Philips. Other partners of Blogging the City include the Netherlands Architecture Fund, the City of Amsterdam, the Goethe Institute, the Danish Cultural Institute, Pakhuis de Zwijger, the Lloyd Hotel, the Virtual Platform and Wikistedia.

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RSVP Now! http://bloggingthecity.com/news/rsvp-now/ http://bloggingthecity.com/news/rsvp-now/#respond Tue, 04 Sep 2012 11:14:58 +0000 http://bloggingthecity.com/?p=219 Blogging the City brings together Europe’s leading city, design and art bloggers, and will be a day full of inspiration for everyone interested in cities, urban development and new media. If you’d like attend the one-day festival, you can RSVP for the afternoon program, the night program, or both of the programs.]]> Blogging the City brings together Europe’s leading city, design and art bloggers, and will be a day full of inspiration for everyone interested in cities, urban development and new media. If you’d like attend the one-day festival, you can RSVP for the afternoon program, the night program, or both of the programs.

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Blogging the City Berlin http://bloggingthecity.com/news/blogging-the-city-berlin/ http://bloggingthecity.com/news/blogging-the-city-berlin/#respond Wed, 22 Aug 2012 20:50:35 +0000 http://bloggingthecity.com/?p=132 Last year's Blogging the City conference in Berlin, organized by Urbanophil and Architekturvideo, dealt with the rising of architectural and urban blogs. Blogs open new opportunities for civic engagement and participation, e.g. online petitions, collaborative protest and bottom-up-participation, as they multiply information worldwide, generate attention to innovative research projects and enable collaborative action.]]> Last year’s Blogging the City conference in Berlin, organized by Urbanophil and Architekturvideo, dealt with the rising of architectural and urban blogs. Blogs open new opportunities for civic engagement and participation, e.g. online petitions, collaborative protest and bottom-up-participation, as they multiply information worldwide, generate attention to innovative research projects and enable collaborative action.

Realizing that blogs generate more and more importance for urban planners and architects, several bloggers from Germany, Georgia and the Netherlands presented their concepts and actual projects. Additional innovative researchers, dealing with web-based technologies, provided a theoretical framework and gave a few ideas of how future planning could look like. The conference was a starting point for connecting important actors in the field of urban planning, city development and urban culture.

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4 October: Save The Date! http://bloggingthecity.com/news/4-october-save-the-date/ http://bloggingthecity.com/news/4-october-save-the-date/#respond Mon, 06 Aug 2012 12:39:31 +0000 http://bloggingthecity.com/?p=1 Blogging the City! Blogging the City is a one-day festival in Amsterdam on 4 October, 2012, where a selection of Europe’s finest city bloggers share their ideas and inspiration live on stage. What are the latest developments and trends in the cityscape, and how do we envision the role of the blogger and online media in the city of the future? Check back soon for more information...]]> We’re glad to introduce the second edition of Blogging the City! Blogging the City is a one-day festival in Amsterdam on 4 October, 2012, where a selection of Europe’s finest city bloggers share their ideas and inspiration live on stage. What are the latest developments and trends in the cityscape, and how do we envision the role of the blogger and online media in the city of the future? Check back soon for more information…

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