BRIdging Data in the built Environment (BRIDE)


The aim of the BRIDE project is to explore the role of smart public infrastructure in making and re-making
of public space. Utilizing research through design and mobilizing an empirical-philosophical theory of
technology, the research team will engage in the design and construction of an Internet of Things-enabled
3d printed bridge in Amsterdam.
Building on the concept of cityness, the BRIDE project will provide insight in how designers, technologists,
and citizens can utilize rapid urban manufacturing and IoT technologies for designing urban space that
expresses its intelligence from the intersection of people, places, activities, and technology, not merely
from the presence of cutting-edge technology. The research through design methodologies allow for
participatory data-informed design processes that mediate the relation between the citizens and “their”
The multidisciplinary research team consists of scholars from humanities (philosophy of technology),
industrial design, and computer science. By focusing on the whole design process of the bridge – covering
planning, design, development, construction and use – the project will close a fundamental knowledge
gap in urban research, design, and engineering of how smart technologies and manufacturing processes
can be harnessed as 'Design Material' in urban design projects.
The project will make a significant contribution to urban humanities and the Roadmap Smart Culture of
the Creative Industry Topsector. By developing a theoretically sound and practically informed
understanding of “cityness”, the project will provide insight in how smart technologies can be utilized to
design for cityness, eventually promoting citizen’s feeling of ownership of the public space (“citizen-led


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Main applicant

Prof. dr. ir. P.P.C.C. Verbeek

Affiliated with

Universiteit Twente, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS), Department of Philosophy

Team members

F. Alfrink, S.I. Cammers-Goodwin


01/09/2018 to 30/09/2021