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The Hackable City

The Hackable City is a research project that investigates the role of digital media in processes of city-making. It explores the opportunities of digital media technologies for the empowerment of people as stakeholders in democratic process of city-making. It also considers the shifting relationships between governments, (design) professionals and citizens in this process. The Hackable City is a cooperation between One Architecture, The Mobile City Foundation. Pollinize is involved in the research to understand how individuals and collectives learn from each other and how a collaborative knowledge base can be established, as addressed in the Hackable City Research Manifesto:

"Hackable City Research Question 2: How can new media technologies assist in approaches of openness, collaborative learning and cooperation found in various instances of hacker culture - varying from Wikipedia to open source soft and hardware - to the process of city-making?"

Participating Artists Press Agency

PAPA (Participatory Artists’ Press Agency) is an international office for urban research, initiated and led by artistic director Lino Hellings. PAPA is   a methodology, in which photographers and artists from different cities around the globe can engage in mapping their locality. The  practitioners observe and capture images of a particular location during a two - three hour shared photo-walk. Together with Lino Hellings, Pollinize conducted research how the PAPA method can be applied more widely. Part of the research (using co-creation workshops) was developing ideas leading to the development of an online tool for the PAPA method, which can be used by a large audience. The tool is also to be used as a digital archive; collecting and unlocking the photo stories.


Pollinize has established a long-term collaboration with Fabfuse, an annual grass-roots conference about peer production and open, free alternatives for society. It is a 3 day event filled with lectures, debates and interactive workshops. The conference is co-created by attendees.

Textiel Factorij

The Textiel Factorij is a research project based on the mutual heritage between India and the Netherlands. The research focuses on the history of the textile trade between the two countries during the Golden Age. During the 17th century there was a lively trade route between India and the Netherlands. Especially Gujarat was an important area, where the Dutch East India Company (VOC) had set up trading posts and factories for the trade of cotton, indigo and silk. The Indian colours, designs, techniques and the Dutch national costumes are characterized by their motives, themes and traditions which have specific (historical) meanings. For this project we are looking for new applications of chintz and other craft techniques by developing new traditions. By analysing the meaning of colour usage, patterns and techniques of Dutch traditional costumes and Indian textiles, we aim to develop a visual language, which contemporary designers can apply to create ‘contemporary heritage’ products. Together with upcoming textile designers from Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, National Institute of Design, Pearl Academy, and Rietveld Academy we will be exploring our mutual heritage in the textile trade. This in order to preserve crafts traditions by exchanging knowledge between crafts(wo)men and designers in Netherlands and India. The results of this artistic research of our shared textile history and cross – cultural exchange will be unlocked by developing a mobile exhibition, to be exhibited at various locations in the Netherlands and India. Moreover we will develop a digital platform, a rich database with our shared history of craft traditions where people can place an order directly with crafts communities.

United Skills - US

An initiative which I am setting up together with textile designers, disadvantaged women from Amsterdam Noord, Pols Potten and a senior researcher at Digital Life – HvA, in which dead stock of textiles are given a second life. Here textile designers and craftswomen exchange knowledge and learn from each other skills. The women learn more about designing and get in touch with new techniques, such as silk-printing, respectively the textile designers learn to incorporate traditional patterns, motives and techniques used by craftswomen in their products.

Bal Vivah

In South Asia 48% of women aged between 15 - 24 years old are married before 18. In India 47% is married before the legal age of 18 years. Especially in rural areas the percentage of child marriage is exuberant, with a rate of 56%.

In collaboration with Breakthrough, a women's rights organization, based in New Delhi and New York, I am exploring the possibilities of creating awareness on the effects of early marriage. We intend to bring awareness by using mobile phones. We have started our research in Jharkhand as the percentage of child marriage is relatively high. At this moment a team of Breakthrough is conducting research on mobile usage among the varied target groups of urban and rural communities. Next I will analyze the data, hence we will develop a strategy and come up with some proposals. The potential of a mobile phone solution in delaying marriages among these communities is enormous.

Augmented Foraging

Amsterdam is one of the greenest cities in Europe. One can find fruit trees of which one can make delicious jams, or one can just find wild carrots in the parks. But how do you actually find these hidden, forgotten vegetables and fruits? This project helps you to unravel the mystery of natural food sources in the city. It links prehistorical knowledge with the latest technologies. Read more...

Dream Doodles

Make your own Dream Doodles in the Dream Villa with the aid of light and photography during Museum n8. This year Huis Marseille in collaboration with Pollinize gives you the possibility to capture images from your dream on photo by using light. Read more...

TUDelft Students Collaboration

From the beginning of November 2010, students at the TUDelft from Industrial Design Engineering have been working on their master project in collaboration with Pratham and Pollinize on an educational tool for the Pratham classrooms. They have spent a full month in Delhi conducting qualitative research and organised various workshops with students and teachers. Read more...