International Conference on Digital Intelligence (Nantes): call for papers
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.

International Conference on Digital Intelligence (Nantes): call for papers

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.

Smart Cities: Becoming a Gimmick?

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

Intelligence at the service of people - New essay (Barcelona Metropolis) 
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.

Image: © Oriol Malet

Intelligence at the service of people - New essay (Barcelona Metropolis) 

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.

Image: © Oriol Malet

Smart to Future Cities 2014

Smart to Future Cities 2014

January-March 2014 blog posts

Ciudades a escala humana: Week picks #21

BIG BANG DATA (May 8-October 26 2014)

MEDIA ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2014 (November 19-22 2014)


|city|data|future| INTERACTIONS IN HYBRID URBAN SPACE: THE URBANIXD EXHIBITION (September 24 2014)


DIGITAL INTELLIGENCE 2014 (September 17-19 2014)


Week picks series features different initiatives and projects I found or want to highlight on this blog. It will help me track new findings from community groups, startups or local governments working and delivering solutions relevant to the issues covered on this blog. I often bookmark them or save them on Tumblr.
DR Congo recruits robots as traffic police - Africa - Al Jazeera English
Just bumped into this and not sure if it is a fake or the context for that, but it is a weird mix of retrofuturism, disturbing design and hilarious materialisation of the smart city wet dreams.

DR Congo recruits robots as traffic police - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Just bumped into this and not sure if it is a fake or the context for that, but it is a weird mix of retrofuturism, disturbing design and hilarious materialisation of the smart city wet dreams.

Smart cities in present tense

Smart cities in present tense

Media Architecture Biennale 2014

Technology and people in the cities of the world

Media Architecture Biennale 2014

Technology and people in the cities of the world

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