Circulate’s Livecast Series: Rights to the blockchain city

Together with Pakhuis de Zwijger and Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Circulate project organised a series of three livecasts to discuss implications of blockchain and digital platforms for the management and governance of the urban commons. Governments and venture capitalists alike are investing in blockchain technologies, hoping for examples to create robust governance systems or to

Workshop The City as a License: Design, Rights and Civics in a Blockchain Society

June 24 2021 14:00-18:00 CET Call for Participation Organizers / Editors: Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences Civic Interaction Design Research Group & Institute of Network Cultures (Martijn de Waal, Gabriele Ferri & Inte Gloerich); Institute for Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh (John Vines & Chris Elsden). Important Dates Abstracts of up to 500 words should

Design Canvas Digital Platforms for Research Communities

Designing digital platforms and infrastructures for resource communities can be a challenge. Designers and technologists find themselves working with new technologies, like blockchain, AI, Internet of Things and digital platforms. There are no well-trodden paths or extensive template libraries that can be easily implemented. And, these technologies are not simply neutral tools. They come with


The circulate project aims to explore the design of digital service platforms for resource communities. Digital technologies, however are not politically and ideologically neutral. They present affordances that could challenge existing value sets and raise questions about ethics, privacy, and the sociopolitical implications of new forms of distributed authority. In order to explore which values

The City as a License. Implications of Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers for Urban Governance

Distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) such as blockchain have in recent years been presented as a new general-purpose technology that could underlie many aspects of social and economic life, including civics and urban governance. In an urban context, over the past few years, a number of actors have started to explore the application of distributed ledgers

The City as a Licence (NL)

Hoe nieuwe technologieën het beheer en gebruik van publieke ruimtes veranderen Door: Martijn de Waal Volgt na de smart city nu de blockchain-stad? Nieuwe technologieën als distributed ledgers (decentraal beheerde databases) luiden mogelijk een nieuwe fase in voor de manier waarop digitale media en big data worden ingezet om publieke ruimtes en stedelijke infrastructuren te

Solar Trade, an energy dashboard and energy sharing marketplace promoting sustainable energy usage.

Student: Tara van KleefStudy: Minor User Experience Design In May 2020 Students of the minor User Experience Design were involved in a Circulate student project. They were asked to engage a fictional community in balancing energy usage and production by visualising the (private and collective) usage and availability of energy. In creating this visualisation (in

The Blockchain and the Commons: Dilemmas in the Design of Local Platforms

We explored the implications of using Digital Ledger Technologies in the administration, management and governance of local communities (e.g. residents of an apartment block or neighborhood) organizing the production and consumption of their resources such as energy, mobility, time, etc. In this paper for CHI20 we introduce a framework of three mechanisms and six ‘design