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Mapping Invisibility

In the design research workshop Mapping Invisibility undocumented immigrants and other participants undertook collective mapping in Amsterdam. The aim was to investigate the day to day practices of undocumented immigrants and to look for ways to make parts of those practices visible and perceptible for others – precisely because much of the life of the undocumented is about invisibility. In the workshop (at least) two cartographers – an undocumented immigrant (guide) and a participant (guest) – walked the city together.

The walk was tracked via a web application on a mobile phone with GPS and visualized in real time on a digital map that could be viewed by others on a website. The undocumented immigrant guided the participant to places which represented a certain emotional feeling for them. On the map, as it evolved, particular places would light up, representing the feeling associated with them. Along the way, the conversation between guide and guest was recorded, and these audio recordings stored in a location-based archive that makes ‘unheard’ stories available to ‘the public’. At the departure point of the original walk, using a mobile phone as a navigational device, at any time, invisible storylines can be downloaded as mp3s. The story remains audible as long as the listener stays on the same route. 
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The Pearl Diver

Presently, we encounter a wide variety of ways in which designers tell stories of social innovation. This encouraged us to start a reflection on the idea of storytelling emerging from our practices, and to look at it from multiple perspectives. We have done so through conversations with designers, researchers, philosophers, as well as practitioners and theorists from many different fields who participated in the DESIS Philosophy Talks series about Storytelling and Design for Social Innovation. This volume records the first three years of ongoing discussions about this topic held in different places around the world. We had the opportunity to share practices and experiences and to reflect together on the meanings and values generated by them. With this book we share the first series of reflections and invite you to be part of this experimental process of co-creation of collective knowledge. DAE Reader (Places and Traces) David Hamers has contributed to this book with 'Notes on storytelling as design’.
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The innovative city

Cities are ambitious with initiating far-reaching innovation. Think about setting up test beds and living labs. The essay "De innovatieve Stad" by PBL researcher David Hamers portrays the conditions under which Dutch cities in the fields of economy, green and social can best realize these ambitions. And how they can find a balance between the fields. 
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Cities in Europe: data and analysis on the city

CO2 reduction, a healthy environment and good accessibility. The European ambitions for cities are very high. To achieve these ambitions in the European Union, the European Commission, EU Member States and cities are working together to develop an Urban agenda for the EU. In that context, PBL is presenting the infographic publication 'Cities in Europe / Cities in the Netherlands' and the essay 'The innovative city'. 
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