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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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New Report: What are Future Cities: Meanings, Origins and Uses

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Bruce Sterling against the disguised recentralization of the “Sharing Economy” and “Smart Cities”

Bruce Sterling against the disguised recentralization of the “Sharing Economy” and “Smart Cities” | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
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Gee Bruce: there's nothing "disguised" about it.

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The myths behind the smart city technological imaginary

The myths behind the smart city technological imaginary | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it

As mentioned before, here are some brief notes on bottom line of the PhD project I am writing. It is a mix of ideas and feeling I am encountering throughout the process and not a formal review, indeed. Even though, I hope these paragraphs still make sense and gives you a clearer perception (or helps me make the project understandable at this stage). It´s been a silent work for months and now that I am beginning to see the light, I find myself more comfortable sharing how it is progressing, but not to a point I start sharing chapter drafts. In this sense, as these last weeks have meant a rush in the writing process, I find the text still too raw and I need to go into details to clear up the mess, but not enough mess not to share these schematic indications of how the text is moving forward.

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Discursive regime of the smart city. Selected bibliography

Discursive regime of the smart city. Selected bibliography | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it

Here is a brief list of books and articles I have been dealing with to complete the first stage of the PhD project on the technological imaginary in the discursive regime of the smart city. I am more than happy that these last few weeks have meant a substantial progress and the core framework is ready to go for deeper details. I will share here the basic structure I am working with, as an improved version of the six concepts underlying the smart cty discourse that served as a first step some months ago. Now this conceptual dissection is getting more solid with a better structured analysis on the implictions of this imaginary. In the meantime, this is a selected compilation of some of the readings that have been more helpful so far. 

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Moving Beyond the ‘Smart City’ Paradigm

Moving Beyond the ‘Smart City’ Paradigm | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
by Mathieu Lefevre, Executive Director, New Cities Foundation

caption id=attachment_11901 align=alignnone width=800 Illustration from the Beyond the Smart City panel, New Cities Summit 2014, © Ma
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12 simple technologies for cities that are Smart, open and fair

12 simple technologies for cities that are Smart, open and fair | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
Efficiency; resilience; growth; vitality. These are all characteristics that cities desire, and that are regularly cited as the objectives of Smarter City programmes and other forward-looking initi...
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Of smart cities and (un)smart decisions – A tale of misplaced urban priorities in India

Of smart cities and (un)smart decisions – A tale of misplaced urban priorities in India | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it

Of smart cities and (un)smart decisions – A tale of misplaced priorities - It has been more than a month since the Modi-led BJP government swept to power at the Center, primarily riding on the anti-incumbency wave against the UPA, and on the promise of good days ahead.

 

Having worked on Mumbai’s housing and urbanisation issues at the grassroot level, I'd like to highlight the misplaced priorities and the consequent policy contradictions in urban areas that have emerged in the new government’s short tenure until now. This article analyses our urban future given the current political climate in light of a few recent incidents in Mumbai. It is time for the State to rethink its priorities and goals for urban India. ...


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The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance

The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
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Researching Makers: Hackerspaces, Repair, and Civic Hacking

Researching Makers: Hackerspaces, Repair, and Civic Hacking | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it

Today, Ricarose Roque and I attended a panel on "Making Cultures" at CSCW, the ACM's conference on computer supported cooperative work. Here are our notes.

Daniela Rosner starts out by setting the scene: Over the past decade, thousands of programmers, designers, and engineers have gathered at hacker spaces, co-labs, and makerspaces to rethink and recreate technologies in collaboration. They share beliefs about what technology should be designed to do, discussing how information should be shared, and how to design the worlds we want. Researchers are now starting to study these movements, asking what these spaces look like, what ways do their practices changes across these sites, and what values connect them with the wider world.

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[Civic conference] Citizen science, sensing, mapping | MIT Center for Civic Media

[Civic conference] Citizen science, sensing, mapping | MIT Center for Civic Media | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
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Can the “Playable City” Make Smart City Critics Smile? - Next City

Can the “Playable City” Make Smart City Critics Smile? - Next City | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
Can the “Playable City” Make Smart City Critics Smile?
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The playable city was explicitly conceived as a counterpoint to the “smart city,” and may be part of a larger backlash.
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Smart Cities Should Be Social Cities

Smart Cities Should Be Social Cities | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
We need to build future communities for future cities. Technology can help.
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Europe needs 'smart urbanism' not 'smart cities'

Europe needs 'smart urbanism' not 'smart cities' | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
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Bruce Sterling - Smart City States

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The Citizen Perspective on Smart Cities

The Citizen Perspective on Smart Cities | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
One of the more highly touted concepts in the urbanism world is the idea of "smart cities." Wikipedia says of the smart city: "A city can be defined as ‘smart’ when investments in human and social ...
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David Week's curator insight, July 28, 3:07 PM

Almost all the "smart cities" narrative is about control of the city by centralised IT. The city becomes a big machine. Not only is the citizen left out of the narrative (other than as passive consumer) but the citizen is positively disempowered: regulation is replaced by automation.

Plus, will everyone please stop calling their pet project "smart". Remember who the "smartest guys in the room" were: Enron.

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Smart society & Collaborative city. Citizen engagement & participation

City governments are looking for new ways of collaborating with their citizens, in order to bridge the difficulty between making decisions and active citizen...
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The Data-Driven City Needs Citizen Involvement

The Data-Driven City Needs Citizen Involvement | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
Building the data-driven city of the future will take citizen participation.
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Ciudades a escala humana: Tesis. Imaginarios tecnológicos en la ciudad conectada

Ciudades a escala humana: Tesis. Imaginarios tecnológicos en la ciudad conectada | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it

Así que definitivamente, desde hace unos meses y posiblemente durante los próximos diez, una buena parte del tiempo irá dedicada a trabajar sobre Imaginarios tecnológicos en la ciudad conectada. Un título aún provisional, pero suficiente para centrar el tema.

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Why the Civic Hacking Community Needs Non-Coders | EngagingCities

Why the Civic Hacking Community Needs Non-Coders | EngagingCities | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
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The UrbanIxD Conversation

This Tweet chat took place on the 27th June 2014, and followed on from an online onversation with Tobias Revell, Manu Fernández and Han Pham, moderated by Martin Brynskov. The full conversation is here: http://urbanixd.eu/conversation/
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Responsive Cities: Susan Crawford at the 2014 Knight Civic Media Conference

Responsive Cities: Susan Crawford at the 2014 Knight Civic Media Conference | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
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Interacting with a World of Connected Objects

Interacting with a World of Connected Objects | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
A quick write-up of a session at the 2014 #foocamp hosted by O’Reilly Media
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Networked Urbanism Using Technology to Improve our Cities

Networked Urbanism Using Technology to Improve our Cities | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
Networked Urbanism Using Technology to Improve our Cities
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Rohstoff S03E01 - Adam Greenfield and smart cities

Designer und City-Denker Adam Greenfield über denkende Städte, Post-Privacy und Freizeit von der Technologie. Rohstoff heißt: Fast ungeschnitten, kaum gekürz...
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Smart cities as corporate storytelling

Smart cities as corporate storytelling | Tech and urban life | Scoop.it
(2014). Smart cities as corporate storytelling. City: Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 307-320. doi: 10.1080/13604813.2014.906716
Manu Fernandez's insight:

On 4 November 2011, the trademark ‘smarter cities’ was officially registered as belonging to IBM. This was an important milestone in a struggle between IT companies over visibility and legitimacy in the smart city market. Drawing on actor-network theory and critical planning theory, the paper analyzes IBM's smarter city campaign and finds it to be storytelling, aimed at making the company an ‘obligatory passage point’ in the implementation of urban technologies. Our argument unfolds in three parts. We first trace the emergence of the term ‘smart city’ in the public sphere. Secondly, we show that IBM's influential story about smart cities is far from novel but rather mobilizes and revisits two long-standing tropes: systems thinking and utopianism. Finally, we conclude, first by addressing two critical questions raised by this discourse: technocratic reductionism and the introduction of new moral imperatives in urban management; and second, by calling for the crafting of alternative smart city stories.

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