The Cities Summit, organised by RE.WORK, will take place over two days on 4-5 December, at The Crystal, London, and will showcase the opportunities of accelerating technologies and their impact on our urban areas.
By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. What will this…
I was part of the speakers line up last year. Pass by if you have the chance.
BTW, yesterday this tumblr reached 200.000 followers, which seems to be a round number worth celebrating (but do not know how to). I still think it is just a complement of my blog, but useful enough to keep posting things here.
It is the place where I bookmarked lots of findings, projects that inspired me, projects I am working on, topics I would love to work on, so, after five years, it is a sketchbook quite representative of what I´ve been doing.
Maybe it is a good chance to ask you what you find helpful, enjoying, a waste,…whatever. Or something you remember finding here that made your day better, or helped you with a project, who knows, maybe changed your life :-)
El imaginario construido en torno a la smart city y a la ciudad digital contemporánea es, en buena medida, la plasmación en el espacio de un relato previo y más amplio en torno a la incorporación a la sociedad de las tecnologías digitales. En este sentido, se alimenta de ideas sobre la irreversibilidad del desarrollo tecnológico (lo quieras o no, tendrán que incorporarte; quien se incorpore el primero podrá ser el líder de esta revolución; etc.) y su deseabilidad. La ciudad inteligente se convierte, de esta manera, en el último estadio de una infiltración total de la infraestrcutura digital en todos sus aspectos técnicos e ideológicos sobre la capa física de la vida en la era digital, sus instituciones y su sistema de gobierno.
“I believe that the kind of world envisioned by ubiquitous computing will never have the perfectly seamless or stable infrastructure necessary to make it work at its most global and totalising scale. Computer technologies, including the internet, have always rolled out unevenly and without clear plans—and much of our technological infrastructure is already a mash of disparate parts made to do the best they can until they break, or something better comes along.”—GALLOWAY, Anne (2008), A Brief History of the Future of Urban Computing and Locative Media, disertación de tesis doctoral, Carleton University Ottawa
“In other words, infrastructures are messy. The messiness that we experience in laboratory ubiquitous computing infrastructures is not a property of prototype technologies, of the bleeding edge, or of pragmatic compromise; messiness is a property of infrastructure itself. Infrastructures are inherently messy; uneven in their operation and their availability. The notion of a seamless and uniform infrastructure is, at best, a chimera, and at worst, to draw on aboriginal Australian myth, a mulywonk—a fearsome creature that might be invoked to steer people away from certain paths, places, or actions.”—BELL, Genevieve y Paul DOURISH (2006) “Yesterday´s tomorrows: notes on ubiquitous computing´s dominant vision”, en Personal Ubiquitous Computing 2006
“(…) the idea of the smart city continues to be a highly ideological concept, hiding certain issues and problems from view, while assuming that IT can automatically make cities more economically prosperous and equal, more efficiently governed and less environmentally wasteful (…).”—HOLLANDS, Robert (2014) “Critical interventions into the corporate smart city”, en Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society Advance
“Becoming a smarter city implies giving priority to investments in technology while technology-poor affordable housing or sewage systems are arguably more urgent in many of the world’s cities. Priority-making is of course not an apolitical matter, but the very core of municipal politics.”—SÖDERSTRÖM, Ola, Till PAASCHE & Francisco KLAUSER (2014) “Smart cities as corporate storytelling”, en City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 18:3, 307-320
“(…) under the heading smart city discourse, urban issues run the risk of shifting more and more towards the field of post-politics: the smart city may increasingly become a generic and easily agreed target, without proper critical discussions and without ‘politics’, intended as the clash and debate between different ideas and positions.”—VANOLO, Alberto (2014) “Smartmentality: The Smart City as Disciplinary Strategy”, en Urban Studies 51(5) 2013:1-16)
Flaws of the Smart City is a critical kit to explore the dark faces of the so-called Smart Cities. As any hardware or software piece, the connected cities embed flaws. This kit aims to fix these weak spots or to exploit them to set chaos.
“By far the greatest latitude of choice exists the very first time a particular instrument, system, or technique is introduced. Because choices tend to become strongly fixed in material equipment, economic investment, and social habit, the original flexibility vanishes for all practical purposes once the initial commitments are made. In that sense technological innovations are similar to legislative acts or political foundings that establish a framework for public order that will endure over many generations.”—WINNER, Langdon (1985), “Do Artifacts Have Politics?,” EN D. MACKENZIE y J. WAJCMAN (ed.), The Social Shaping of Technology, Open University Press, Bristol.
“But at the moment, we are only being offered one particular story about the deployment of networked informatics in the urban milieu, and though it is widely predominant in the cultura it only portrays the narrowest sliver of what it is possible. This is the vision of the “smart city.”—GREENFIELD, Adam (2013) Against the smart city, Do Projects, Nueva York
“When we talk about new technologies, it is often about their practical application: technology is presented as a convenient solution to real or supposed problems, it promises to make our lives more pleasant and convenient; at the same time, our cities will also become safer, more sustainable and more efﬁcient. In short, technology is an almost inescapable magical power that will improve urban society. But for those who do not believe in magic, this picture mainly raises a number of questions.”—DE WAAL, Martijn (2013) The city as interface. How new media are changing the city, Nai 010, Rotterdam