New Media in Old Cities: The Emergence of the New Collective


  • Cristina Ampatzidou
  • Ania Molenda



This paper takes a look at the relationship between informational space and territory. It questions the common dichotomy that positions virtual space in opposition to physical space. It focuses on the different roles modern urban actors play in defining a new understanding of space as an inseparable composition of both the virtual and the physical realm. On the individual level, it looks at the emergence of a new type of citizen whose ludic attitude dynamically adapts the course of his responses to the virtual, real-time inputs that influence his presence in the physical environment. On the collective level, it analyses unintended, swarm-like synchronisations, and the role new media play in redefining the urban commons.

Author Biographies

Cristina Ampatzidou

Cristina Ampatzidou is an experienced researcher and writer currently affiliated with the UvA and a regular contributor to urbanism and architecture magazines. Based in Rotterdam, she has collaborated with, among others, Play the City! Foundation, and the AFFR (Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam). Her work investigates the affordances of new media for ‘city making’, and the changing roles of professional designers, policy makers and citizens. 

Ania Molenda

Ania Molenda is an independent Rotterdam-based architectural researcher and curator. Her work to date has spanned academia, an experimental think-tank and architectural practice. Her work focuses on the possibilities of cross-fertilisation between spatial practices and other disciplines, as well as the roles that openness and communication play in spatial, cultural and technological realms.