Sarah Motter: KU author questions smart city assumptions

3/08/2020 - 08:40

..."The University of Kansas says in “Smart Cities,” Germaine Halegoua reviews smart cities and argues that ordinary citizens need better tools to evaluate the promises and pitfalls of the public-private developments.

“That everything is double-sided, or that there’s a duality to a lot of these promises and justifications, is exactly what makes the smart city so interesting to look at and so troublesome,” said Halegoua, associate professor of film & media studies. “For every innovation, there are not just unintended consequences, but there is so much complexity within urban environments and so many different populations that use and experience the city so distinctly, that to design this sort of one-size-fits-all model of smart urbanism, it’s not really accurate, and it’s not really useful.”"