Citymaking Podcast_03

on opportunities and challenges of the digital city



with Thorsten Kausch




City Science Summit 2019

Elbphilharmonie, in cooperation with the MIT Media Lab 


With Norman Foster, Nicolas Negroponte, Maja Göpel, Joelle Pianzolla, Kent Larson, Katharina Fegebank, Peter Tschentscher and more. 


On 1st and 2nd October 2019, international experts will gather in Hamburg at the City Science Summit to discuss which digital technologies will influence decision-making processes and shape everyday life in future cities. The conference title "Cities without..." invites us to open up

spaces for thought and fill vacancies with visions for the city as a living space.


The City Science Summit 2019 is organized by the CityScienceLab of the HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) in cooperation with the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA and the City Science Network. The conference is open to the public and free of charge. Registration at is mandatory.

New Publications


Performing Citizenship. Bodies, Agencies and Limitations.

Hildebrandt, Peters, Ziemer (eds). Palgrave, London 2019.


This open-access book discusses how citizenship is performed today, mostly through the optic of the arts, in particular the performing arts, but also from the perspective of a wide range of academic disciplines such as urbanism and media studies, cultural education and postcolonial theory. It is a compendium that includes insights from artistic and activist experimentation. Each chapter investigates a different aspect of citizenship, such as identity and belonging, rights and responsibilities, bodies and materials, agencies and spaces, and limitations and interventions. It rewrites and rethinks the many-layered concept of citizenship by emphasising the performative tensions produced by various uses, occupations, interpretations and framings.


Perspectives in Metropolitan Research


New Stakeholders of Urban Change

Hilke Berger, Gesa Ziemer (Hrsg.)



In the urban centers of Europe, residents are increasingly demanding not only to participate in the discussion about the densification of our cities, but also to shape it actively. It is especially creative planning projects that succeed in finding new role models and structures for urban development: artists act as urban developers, theaters carry out urban projects, curators curate the city, architects also take on the role of social workers. This results in new hybrid fields of action that require a rethinking of established strategies and the constellations of those involved.


This volume brings together perspectives from quite different professions at the interface of urban planning and cultural practice, in order to seek answers to some central questions: how does this hybridity generate a contemporary urbanity? How must contemporary institutions be structured? And how should a new culture of cooperation be set up to enable a mutual dialog and transparency in development processes between citizens and authorities, as well as between the various stakeholders?


Finding Places

  • SAT1 on Finding Places
  • “App der guten Hoffnung” in the Süddeutsche Zeitung

         Further articles on the topic:

  • Urban Modelling for Refugees in Hamburg by Ariel Noyman
  • Shifting Priorities, Finding Places by Kent Larson and Ariel Noyman
  • Cities and Refugees: The German Experience by the Brookings Institution



Complicity. New Perspectives on Collectivity
published in English by transcript Press

Prof. Dr. Gesa Ziemer
HafenCity Universität

Überseeallee 16

20457 Hamburg