Hybrid Letter Box

The hybrid letterbox easily transforms analog input into digital data and is one of the first access points we designed for our neighborhood infrastructure. The ritualized act of posting a letter is used to bridge the gap between the physical with the digital space. This letter box mirrors our goal that neither prior knowledge nor specific digital devices should be needed in order to take part in the sociopolitical network we are designing in order to enable communities to develop resilient actions. The letter box transfers a hand-written message to a digital platform so the issue can be spread effectively and publics can form around the discourse possibly emerging around it. To see the issues posted during the box‘s first test run at the European Neighborhood Festival at the Fischerinsel Berlin, click here.

The second phase of the project is funded by CHEST:
CHEST (Collective enHanced Environment for Social Tasks) is a 33-month Research and Development project supported under the Seventh Framework Programme to promote the development of digital based innovations that have the potential to address key societal challenges. In addition to the development of an online community platform that will facilitate the sharing and exchanging of ideas, the CHEST project has invested up to €2.5 million in seed finance for highly innovative digital based technologies, concepts and systems that address a specific societal challenge. The Berlin University of the Arts has been successful in receiving support through the scheme for the Hybrid Letterbox project.

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Publications

The Hybrid Meeting Point. An urban infrastructure for interacting across boundaries of difference

Unteidig, Andreas; Herlo, Bianca; Reiter, Lutz (2015): The Hybrid Meeting Point. An urban infrastructure for interacting across boundaries of difference. Proceedings of Hybrid City 2015: Data to the People. Athens: URIAC, pp. 87-94.


DIY networking as a facilitator for interdisciplinary research on the hybrid city

Antoniadis, Panayotis; Apostol, Ileana; Gaved, Mark; Smyth, Michael; Unteidig, Andreas (2015): DIY networking as a facilitator for interdisciplinary research on the hybrid city. Proceedings of Hybrid City 2015: Data to the People. Athens: URIAC, pp. 65-72


Participatory Design and the Hybrid City. The Living Lab Mehringplatz, Berlin, and the Project “Community Now? Conflicts, Interventions, New Publics”

Herlo, Bianca; Sametinger, Florian; Schubert, Jennifer; Unteidig, Andreas (2015): Participatory Design and the Hybrid City. The Living Lab Mehringplatz, Berlin, and the Project “Community Now? Conflicts, Interventions, New Publics”. Proceedings of Hybrid City 2015: Data to the People. Athens: URIAC, pp. 151-160.