Moritz Ahlert

Moritz Ahlert is researcher and artist based in Berlin. He studied architecture in Hannover and the Berlin University of the Arts. In his work he explores the interface between actor-based urban design, mapping and digitalization of cities. He is the author of several publications and he exhibited internationally. From 2015-2017 he was part of a three year graduate program, to research the ›Aesthetics of the Virtual‹ at HFBK Hamburg and was working towards a PhD in Art. He defended his dissertation last year. Since 2017 he is a researcher and lecturer at the Habitat Unit, Chair of International Urbanism and Design at TU Berlin. Recent teaching activities include the ›Atlas of Digital Fragments‹ analyzing the global appropriation of digital tools by civil society actors in an international context.
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Hacking Google Maps
Moritz Ahlert, Simon Weckert

"99 second hand smartphones are transported in a handcart to generate virtual traffic jam in Google Maps. Through this activity, it is possible to turn a green street red which has an impact in the physical world by navigating cars on another route to avoid being stuck in traffic." #googlemapshacks

The lecture discusses the development of maps and their function within society. It links the genesis of early maps with the current development of urban apps and the success of Google Maps. Thus it questions the practice of mapping and gives an overview over the critical perspectives of today’s mapping.

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