The MAZI project partners are:

NITlab, University of Thessaly, Greece (Project Coordinator)

NetHood, Zurich-based non-profit organization, Switzerland

Centre for Interaction Design, Edinburgh Napier University, UK

Design Research Lab at the Berlin University of the Arts, Germany

The Open University, UK

INURA Zurich Institute, Switzerland

SPC in Deptford, London, UK

Neighborhood Academy in Prinzessinnengarten in Berlin, Germany

unMonastery, nomadic group, UK & Greece.


Advisory Board

The initial MAZI Advisory Board is comprised of prominent academics from different relevant fields, community informatics, human-computer interaction, and urban design:

Doug Schuler, Professor, The Evergreen State College, Seattle, founding member of the Seattle Community Network (SCN)

Paul Dourish, Professor of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Jörg Stollmann, Professor for Urban Design and Urbanization, Institute for Architecture IfA, Technische Universität Berlin (Dean of Studies Faculty VI)

Mazi Kickoff meeting
The MAZI project partners at the kick off meeting in Volos, January 2016.
The MAZI consortium structure

The MAZI Consortium

To address the complexity of the design space and reach-out to as many communities as possible, we have brought together a highly diverse team of researchers and community organizations:

  • The University of Thessaly (UT) in Volos, Greece, brings expertise in experimentally-driven research in wireless and wired computer networks;
  • NetHood (NH), Switzerland, a recently founded non-profit organization by two ETH Zurich researchers, has experience in interdisciplinary research for hybrid urban space design and has been very active in promoting the concept of DIY networking in different research and action communities;
  • Edinburgh Napier University (ENU), UK, has expertise in human-computer interaction and urban interaction design;
  • Berlin University of the Arts (Germany), has expertise in design research and living labs;
  • The Open University (OU), UK, has expertise in community informatics and especially the evolution of community-led networks in the UK;
  • The INURA Zurich Institute, representing the International Network of Urban Research and Action (INURA), an international group of urban researchers and activists with a non-hierarchical and self-organized structure, which have proven to be sustainable over the past 25 years;
  • Slacktivist/, a London-based SME led by James Stevens who is a pioneer in the area of DIY networking and community activist in Deptford, London, and who has been involved in the creation of small-scale Community Wireless Networks since the first years of the movement;
  • The Neighborhood Academy, working in one of the first community gardens in Berlin, Prinzessinnengärten;
  • The unMonastery, a nomadic group of researchers, artists, and activists, who specialize in the revitalization of places and follow novel methods of collaborative work, self-organization and self-documentation.

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