Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life
By Jaime Lerner
Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia
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
*Illustrator and “imagineer” Arthur Radebaugh working the RCA account, 1964. Radebaugh was known for his phosphorescent paints and cutting-edge black-light paintings.
*And, of course it’s an electronic car maneuvering in a smart city. This was fifty years ago. If you removed Radebaugh’s dramatic lighting effects, all those “futuristic” high-rises would look entirely commonplace in 2014.
*Electronic GPS in the dashboard? Common as dirt.
Smart cities. El mito de la integración y la retórica de la experiencia seamless (PhD brief notes #4)
Smart cities. Entre el pesimismo sobre la ciudad y el utopismo urbano (PhD brief notes #3)
La smart city y el futuro próximo (PhD brief notes #2)
Aceras divididas. Podría no ser ficción
Book: Ambient commons. Attention in the age of embodied information
Empresas tecnológicas jugando al urbanismo
Espacio público y participación ciudadana en proyectos urbanos
Estrategias de reactivación transitoria de activos urbanos en desuso
The myths behind the smart city technological imaginary (PhD brief notes #1)
Discursive regime of the smart city. Selected bibliography
Tesis. Imaginarios tecnológicos en la ciudad conectada
From smart to disruptive cities: where would you like to live?
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Its a good thing that some viewpoints are emerging that call the bluff of the current narrative surrounding smart cities and the internet of things. See, for example, Bruce Sterling’s “The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things”, Adam Greenfield’s “Against the Smart City” and Anthony…