A recent graduate of Utrecht University and Delft University of Technology, Hans has been involved in working on projects on regional development and place branding in Berlin, Germany. He was the Co-founder and chairman of student travel association "LastMinute" at Utrecht and is currently also a guest author for INPOLIS UCE GmbH. His interests include mobility, urban development and planning.
What's the role of libraries in the digital age, now that ever more information is available anywhere? How did the rise of the internet and smartphones affect this century old institution? What new opportunities for participation does technology offer and how does this affect local authorities? During my second day of the multidisciplinary City of Flows conference in Potsdam, Germany last month, these and other questions were addressed.
How can technology provide useful insights in how cities function? How can this contribute to more informed planning? How does this impact society? The multidisciplinary conference, City of Flows, last week in Potsdam, Germany, explored these questions last week, providing unique“perspectives on the digital city in analog spaces”. I was fortunate to attend the conference and came away with many reflections concerning mapping and visualization of geographical data and the effects this technology has on society.