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A City Eating Itself (in less than 10 minutes) is a design research & interactive storytelling project, exploring the impact of on-demand delivery services on the social fabric of Amsterdam. With the rise of the platform economy, affect lab noticed a shift – from the city as a space for chance encounters and neighbourly interaction to a place of individualist consumption, catalysed by pandemic lockdowns. A City Eating Itself focuses on one form of consumption: on-demand delivery services, known as flash delivery (flitsbezorging in Dutch). In the fragile neo-pandemic climate, we saw a need for further research into these technology startups and a critical view of the impact they have on the diversity and liveness of neighbourhoods. Our work is guided by a central research question: What influence does flash delivery have on the social cohesion of Amsterdam? 

A project by affect lab. 2022 - 2023