International workshop „Digitalization, Neighborhood Change and Social Integration“ took place at Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung

Technological innovations bear the potential to alter societal conditions drastically. This is also true at the smaller scale of the urban neighborhood. Some examples include: platform economies like AirBnB that are affecting housing availability and living conditions in neighborhoods, local social networks like nextdoor.com that are transforming the way we engage with our neighbors and the dynamic (re)construction of neighborhood images via social media and online real estate brokerages. In many ways, it becomes clear that peoples’ experiences of urban space are increasingly mediated through digital technologies, and their widespread use—in turn—affects neighborhood change, segregation and local social interaction, cohesion and integration.

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