OpenDoTT (Open Design of Trusted Things) "is a PhD programme from the University of Dundee and Mozilla to explore how to build a more open, secure, and trustworthy Internet of Things". I have moved to Dundee to work at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in the first stage of the programme, and by mid 2020 will relocate to Berlin.

My topic in the project is "smart cities". I am documenting here what I am reading, learning and discovering as I go deeper into my research. I will also maintain a list of links with the opendott tag in my infinite bookmark collection..


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In The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, Portuguese writer José Saramago depicts a peculiar and clarifying meeting. This part of the book is one of my all time favorites. It goes more or less as follows. One day when he was living as a fisherman, Jesus rows his small boat into the sea. It's misty,...

Artist residency projects involving solid waste and reuse:

Recology, San Francisco, USA

The Artist in Residence (AIR) Program at Recology San Francisco is a unique art and education program that provides Bay Area artists with access to discarded materials, a stipend, and a large studio space...

More Brazilian films about (and around) landfills:

Lixo Extraordinário (Waste Land) (2010)

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns...

A sad implication of the way cities are structured and managed. While reading Shareable's book Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons I found some very interesting examples of initiatives from different parts of the world, and wanted to learn more about them. Whilst the ones managed by NGOs...

Over the last couple years I was collaborating with Coco e Cia, a co-op in Ubatuba that collects and sorts recyclable materials and drives it to the correct destination. Whatever little support they have in the city was only achieved with a lot of struggle, and they are far from having the ideal wor...

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For the first year of the OpenDOTT project, I have moved with my family to Dundee, in the UK. Frankly, I didn't even know where Dundee was before seeing the call for applications last December. After some l...

About to complete three months since I started my research, I decided to better organise my literature collection. I now have a selection of over 260 documents (papers, books, magazine articles, podcast episodes, blog posts), which are labeled with the following tags:

  • circularity
  • coop, commons...

Recent suggestions made by supervisors, colleagues and other parties about my research:

  • Look into diary studies as a way to approach my research questions
  • Bottom-up solutions to recycling
  • Blockchain registry of physical objects
  • Use value / exchange value
  • Libraries of things
  • Levels of rep...

In September 2019 we had the first general meeting of the OpenDOTT consortium, with the five fellows, supervisors and members of all partner organisations. The meeting took place in Dundee, and as well as being the perfect way to get acquainted with that many people in a short period (there were alm...

During the OpenDOTT Consortium Meeting last month, I figured I did not know how to call those objects that people did not want anymore, but were not yet to be destined to recycling nor landfills. The sort of material that either remains sitting in lockers or garages, or in some contexts have prope...

Short description to circulate during MozFest 2019

Cities, things and people are inseparable. From primitive settlements around natural resources, through guilds of skilled artisans along castle walls in the middle ages, then on to becoming the very site and battleground of the industrial revolut...

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Tooling Up: Civic visions, FabLabs, and grassroots activism

Many in the wider ‘maker’ movement can be reluctant to engage in politics overtly, as to do so would appear to constrain the notion of giving...

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Adam Greenfield wrote a series of interesting texts criticizing the usual take on smart cities. I'll be pasting below some excerpts of his work as I (re)read it.

Rise of the machines: who is the ‘internet...

I said a couple times: there are (at least) two books called 'Makers'. People usually read the wrong one, one trying to promote a 'new industrial revolution' even before we solved the many problems generated by the previous ones.

Makers, a novel - available here:

Perry and Lester invent thin...

Excerpts from Evgeny Morozov's review of Shoshana Zuboff's book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism offers a thorough examination of how advertising-supported firms have incentives to extract ever...

Just spent some days visiting friends in Madrid. In the neighbourhood we were, waste collections happens during late night. Garbage trucks coming and emptying the containers, making a lot of noise. It is inconvenient for light sleepers (as I am), but a way to avoid the traffic disruption brought abo...

Doch Chkae, the metal band born on a rubbish dump

"I just stood in front of the stage and was like what [...] is this music?" Vichey says. "I didn't understand what they were singing. The drums and guitars, I really didn't understand. "But after the show we got interested in this kind of music,...

After attending the Beyond Smart Cities Today conference in Rotterdam, I boarded a train to Berlin. I would be participating in the Reparatur Festival, German edition of Fixfest - the festival originated around the Restart Project originally from London. Coincidentally, the first day of the ev...

Industrial production unaccounted for its externalities is akin to populism, in the worst meaning. Immediate results in detriment of future conditions.

This post collects notes taken during my first research trip in Rotterdam. It is followed by another post with my notes from Berlin.

On my way

It's interesting to see the Netherlands from the sky, at night. Smart cities? Cities? From here, the whole country is a conurbation. Yesterday Nick...