About the project
YOUrban is a research project into social media, design and the city. It investigates tools and means to creating engagement and a sense of ownership and responsibility towards our physical, social and cultural world.
YOUrban explores how social media may be used to help foster agency and power in both creating and transforming our urban surroundings. This is signalled in the project’s title. In the project we investigate tools and means to create engagement, ownership and responsibility towards our physical, social and cultural world.
Researchers from the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape form part of the OVERLAY strand of YOUrban: Social media overlays the existing city, as new kinds of digital infrastructural layers which integrate with and affect all aspects of city living and urban functionality. Social media adds new dimensions of information, coordination and complexity to the city, and it also creates a range of new types of possibilities, for instance when it comes to urban planning, urban studies and everyday social life.
The OVERLAY team pursues two dimensions of inquiry:
1. How does social media affect the city, i.e. how does the city work, how is it used, and how it is understood and perceived, and
2. How does the city itself affects social media, i.e. how are social media designed and put into use?