Re-imagining urban social contracts for the digital age.

Re-imagining urban social

contracts for the digital age.

We study the increasing digitalization of security in cities and explore models of urban coexistence.

about us

Researchers and artists sitting around a table at the MATZA Edgelands residency in Medellín.

research

We track and examine trends in the digitalization of security in cities, and lead research workshops that sharpen students’ skills in data visualization and policy analysis.

A research sprint participant asking a question in an auditorium at EAFIT, Medellín.

awareness

We organize intentional spaces for conversation on surveillance and other digital tools that convene members of the general public, government authorities, and the private sector.

An art work being exhibited at the MATZA Edgelands exhibition in Medellín. The art work is a set of mirrors aligned as a curve, with multiple reflection points.

art

We collaborate with artists to uniquely capture how digital technologies are transforming our communities and lives.

Research sprint participants hang their dreams as part as a workshop activity to reimagine the social contract in Medellín.

policy

We foster self-sustaining movements for digital transparency that can continue on, long after our Institute has dissolved.

Research
Awareness
Art
Policy
Research

We track and examine trends in the digitalization of security in cities, and lead research workshops that sharpen students’ skills in data visualization and policy analysis.

Awareness

We organize intentional spaces for conversation on surveillance and other digital tools that convene members of the general public, government authorities, and the private sector.

Art

We collaborate with artists to uniquely capture how digital technologies are transforming our communities and lives.

Policy

We foster self-sustaining movements for digital transparency that can continue on, long after our Institute has dissolved.

partners

SISC Logo. Edgelands Partner.WEGO logo.Civic Lab logo.Casa de las Estrategias logo.Dezentrum logo.Berkman Klein Center logo.University St Gallen.Universidad EAFIT logo.
WEGO logo.Civic Lab logo.Casa de las Estrategias logo.Dezentrum logo.Berkman Klein Center logo.University St Gallen.Universidad EAFIT logo.

Medellín: Another Urban Social Contract is Possible

Our first pop-up location is Medellín: a city with a complex security past.

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In the space Bodega Comfama in Medellín where MATZA was hosting its residency, a sign reads "Why Wait? Be fast and take the risk."

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