Hacking, Making, and Prototyping for Social Change

Ingrid Mulder, Péter Kun

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Even though emerging city-makers are increasingly organized to trigger social changes, it is still hard to apprehend their real power to transform space and the way we live together. In this chapter, we explore how designerly approaches, such as hacking, making, and prototyping, can empower emerging city-makers to trigger a broader change and transformation process. It can be concluded that hackable city-making can make a difference when combining top-down public management with bottom-up social innovation. A patchable plug-in platform might enable emerging city-makers to create value for the city and for society. However, it asks for new ways of participatory governance that enable these emerging, heterogeneous city-makers to participate actively in exploring the collaborative envisioned potential and to have constructive dialogues aiming for transformational change for the common good.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Hackable City
Subtitle of host publicationDigital Media and Collaborative City-Making in the Network Society
EditorsM. de Lange, M. de Waal
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-13-2694-3
ISBN (Print)978-981-13-2693-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • City-making
  • Urban interaction design
  • Societal challenges
  • Systemic change


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