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Impact of technologies in urban life, mainly following this smart cities buzzword and the digital-urban links
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Envisioning the Hack That Could Take Down New York City

Envisioning the Hack That Could Take Down New York City | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
The day cars drove themselves into walls and the hospitals froze. A scenario that could happen based on what already has.
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City as a Platform: How It Changes Governance

City as a Platform: How It Changes Governance | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
Governments are not merely centralised bodies, but should enable citizen-led innovation through an open ecosystem, called 'city as a platform'.
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Thinking through the politics of the smart city

Thinking through the politics of the smart city | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
(2016). Introduction: Thinking through the politics of the smart city. Urban Geography: Vol. 37, No. 4, pp. 485-493. doi: 10.1080/02723638.2016.1178479
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Have 'smart cities' lost their purpose?

Have 'smart cities' lost their purpose? | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
Economic concerns have taken presidence over city planning, which is having a negative impact on the environment, argues the author.
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Powering a Smart City

Powering a Smart City | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
Resilience in the grid is crucial, but will smart developments be met by advances in renewable energy
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Making cities smarter

Making cities smarter | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
MIT researchers are creating tools that synthesize and collect data so that urban planners can vastly improve the quality of urban life.
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Ciudades y solucionismo

Ciudades y solucionismo | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
@manufernandez - Understanding cities and urban policies, urban innovation, sustainable and human cities
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‘Connected streets’ and the next generation of urban mobility

'Connected streets' and the next generation of urban mobility - Sidewalk Talk - Medium
A Sidewalk Talk with James Corless and Russell Brooks of Transportation for America.
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Creating a Smart and Equitable City

Creating a Smart and Equitable City | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
What does it mean to be a smart city in 2016? With some cool tech already in place, New York City is already a smart and innovative city. But it can do more. 
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Mediation, Automation, Power || Who Controls the Public Sphere in an Era of Algorithms?

Mediation, Automation, Power || Who Controls the Public Sphere in an Era of Algorithms? | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
Who Controls the Public Sphere in an Era of Algorithms?
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Nordic Edge Expo | Smarter Cities

Nordic Edge Expo | Smarter Cities | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
Nordic Edge Expo is one of Europe’s most important arenas for everyone engaged in technological solutions that will make cities, companies and homes smarter
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A startup from Google's secretive moonshot lab is changing the way we build cities

A startup from Google's secretive moonshot lab is changing the way we build cities | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
In 2011, a handful of software engineers and architects working at Google X, the software giant's secretive "moonshot" lab, decided to figure out how t
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About REFILL

About REFILL | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
REFILL stands for “reuse of vacant spaces as driving force for innovation on local level”.

The last years many cities experimented with the concept of ‘temporary use’ of abandoned and derelict spaces. It has been an important and inspiring source of innovation and change in cities, being a motor and incubator for new forms of urbanity. Initiatives – often from a bottom-up perspective – vary in themes and in target groups: SME’s artists, craftsmen, organizations seeking meeting space, cultural initiatives, residents who maintain a piece of green, initiatives for urban agriculture, managing a community center, experimenting with new forms of mobility,…
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Is there anybody out there? The place and role of citizens in tomorrow’s smart cities | A Vanolo in Futures

Imagining tomorrow’s life implies, to a large degree, imagining the kind of cities we will inhabit in the future. In this framework, the smart city is actually a popular vision in discourses on urban development. This paper explores alternative ways in which citizens are positioned within different imaginaries of the smart city. The premise is that most mainstream discourses implicitly assume that smart city projects will empower and improve the lives of citizens. However, their role is often ambiguous. While some visions of the smart city are characterised by the absence of citizen’s voices, others are populated by active citizens operating as urban sensors. Furthermore there are fearful visions of a future in which citizens will be subjugated by technologies that will hamper their freedom. This paper analyses the role of citizens in four alternative smart city imaginaries. The thesis proposed is that all four imaginaries are characterised by citizens playing a subaltern role, and hence the smart city is a relatively poor concept if intended as a model of the urban life of the future.

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Will technology not only make our cities smarter, but more equal too?

Will technology not only make our cities smarter, but more equal too? | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
How technology is leading New York to become a smarter and more equitable city.
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El nuevo paradigma de la ciudad inteligente: aproximación social al concepto de smart city

El nuevo paradigma de la ciudad inteligente: aproximación social al concepto de smart city | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
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Instrumental City: The View from New York’s Hudson Yards, circa 2019

Instrumental City: The View from New York’s Hudson Yards, circa 2019 | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
The world’s most ambitious “smart city” project is here. Should we worry that New York City is becoming an experimental lab?
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The Ethical Quandary of Self-Driving Cars

The Ethical Quandary of Self-Driving Cars | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
Imagine the beginning of what promises to be an awesome afternoon: You’re cruising along in your car and the sun is shining. The windows are down, and
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Early experiments show a smart city plan should start with people first

Early experiments show a smart city plan should start with people first | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
Australia's Smart Cities Plan largely conveys a limited role for people: they live, work and consume. This neglects the rich body of work calling for better human engagement in smart cities.
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“’Smart’ in smart cities should be about smart ways of involving citizens”

“’Smart’ in smart cities should be about smart ways of involving citizens” | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
Liesbeth Huybrechts talks about the importance of involving citizens and local initiatives in thinking about the future of the city. She specifically shares her experiences in the project De Andere Markt in Genk. Watch her presentation at Design & The City.
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