Francesca Ferguson has compiled a great collection of stories, essays and interviews in this new book, Make_Shift City, which represents the latest addition to a growing literature on the new conditions of urban development. This implies a mix of uncertainty, austerity, insecurity and temporality as the landscape for re-imagining the city. These conditions are present, to greater or lesser extent, in Western cities as newcomers after the financial crisis and its subsequent impact on urban development. As institutions try to understand how to face these new conditions, a wide experience of practices and appropriation projects, developed sometimes as outsiders in the previous economic stage, appear as an adequate response to give social value to neglected plots and facilities.
Call for Chapters Contributing to a Book on Technology and Urban Mobility
Extended Deadline: June 15th, 2014.
Working Book Title: Information Technology Solutions for Urban Mobility.
The National Confederation of Municipalities - CNM Brazil is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit national association of municipalities. It aims to consolidate the municipal movement and strengthen local autonomy by developing political and technical initiatives towards enhancing local management.
The University of Michigan SMART is a cross-university, cross-disciplinary, multi-sector initiative focused on accelerating implementation of integrated, sustainable transportation systems (new Mobility) and the related emerging New Mobility industry for an urbanizing
Objectives: This book is aimed at exploring and showcasing how information technology solutions can be used to support the adoption of a more integrated and efficient urban mobility, especially in small and medium sized municipalities in Brazil, which make up a major part of the Brazilian territory. It seeks to compile papers geared to municipal officials, the private sector and civil society, with examples of the use of information technology solutions for urban mobility. It is anticipated that the book will illustrate Brazilian and international experiences which will inspire the implementation and development of new and applied solutions in different municipalities. The selected authors will be challenged to describe the process of development of these initiatives, the results achieved, and the difficulties faced. They will also address the role of partnerships in achieving success. The chapters will be selected by a collaborative team representing CNM and SMART. The main focus of the book is on solutions implemented in municipalities with a population of up to 300,000, not excluding solutions from large cities, which could be transferable. The technological areas covered are diverse, including data collection (“Big Data”), planning for urban mobility, apps for improving the existing transportation systems (including traffic management, way finding, fare payment, security, goods movement, trip reduction through tele-work, tele-commerce, tele-education and tele-medicine etc) user access, and other relevant topics.
Format: In Word. 8 to 10 pages long, including illustrations and bibliography. Font: Calibri 11. 1.5 line spacing.
Selection process: To participate, please send your paper to email@example.com with “CNM-SMART Paper” in the subject line by June 15th, 2014 (11 pm Brasilia Time).
For additional information, contact us by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Intelligence 2014(#di2014) is a new international scientific and interdisciplinary conference dedicated to digital society and cultures. The challenge is to bring together researchers from various disciplines (ICT, humanities, biology & health…) in order to discuss and contribute to shape a new scientific and cultural paradigm.
I am involved as a member of the Program Committee in the smart cities area, chaired by Stéphane Roche (Department of Geomatics, Université Laval - Québec, Canada). Here you can find the call for papers in case you want to submit a paper.
Some months ago I was asked to write a contribution to the new edition of Barcelona Metropolis magazine. This monograph is devoted to smart cities and includes a number of articles with different perspectives exploring the benefits and perils for urban living. My article, which is finally entitled Intelligence at the service of people, tries to set the case for a new understanding and a new narrative on the intersection of digital technologies and urban life in the networked society.
In 21st Century urban planning, the term ‘Smart Cities’ is frequently bandied about. It’s the ultimate urban utopia of most urban planners and policy-makers in the UK and elsewhere in the World. Today “[h]ardly a week passes without a mayor somewhere in the world unveiling a “smart-city” project—often at one of the many conferences hailing the concept”. Although, city-scale experiments have already been designed and implemented the smart cities model has been largely criticised, contested and challenged by many because of its techno-centric approach to complex physical, social, environmental and economic urban systems. Directed and Produced by: Gynna Millan, Illiany Hamdan and Roderick Selfridge