Volume #34: City in a Box: Usman Haque is skeptical about smart cities.

Source: "Usman Haque is skeptical about smart cities. He asks if our longing gaze towards smart technology re!ects a societal inferiority complex of sorts as our daily  life has grown more intricate and complex. Recalling the technocratic dreams of urban planners in the sixties who pushed through our much maligned highway infrastructure, are smart cities just the latest  technological fetish? Instead of concentrating the  question on what will happen to cities in the future,  he suggests that we focus on what is happening  in cities right now, and let the technology follow.

@uah: "Are ‘smart cities’ as inevitable as is often implied? It’s worth considering what it is that we mean by a ‘city’ and why we would want, or not want, a city to be ‘smart’. Cities arise where humans and non-humans have  clustered in dense geographical proximity, and one of the corresponding characteristics of such massing is that  the populations di!erentiate themselves according to varying specialties and perspectives. Trade in general  and the exchange of ideas in particular are foundations,  because in dense populations one is more likely to encounter novel concepts and goods generated by others  than in more sparsely populated rural areas. Heterogeneity is fundamental to cities and city-making."



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