SMART CITIES OF THE FUTURE?

It is already happening
But not in the way we are being told
@manufernandez
December 2013
MANU FERNÁNDEZ
URBAN STRATEGIST
Researcher and urban policy consultant for the last
12 years
Always involved in projects r...
SMART CITIZENS
MY PROBLEM WITH SMART CITIES
TECHNOLOGY ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH
NO NEED TO WAIT

TIME TO RAISE QUESTIONS

SMART CITIES OF THE ...
TECHNOLOGY ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH
Cities are still about design, interaction, regulation, politics, public life, economy,
col...
NO NEED TO WAIT
NO NEED TO WAIT FOR OTHERS
NO NEED TO WAIT FOR PROMISES YET TO COME

PICTURE SOURCE: http://datenform.de/m...
TIME TO RAISE QUESTIONS
WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR IT?
WHAT IF IT GOES WRONG?
WHO IS GOING TO BENEFIT FROM IT?
WHAT KIND OF C...
SMART CITIES NARRATIVE AND ITS DISCONTENTS
THINGS ABOUT SMART CITIES THAT MAKE ME NERVOUS
Predictive analytics
Data neutra...
CONTROL-ROOM MODEL

AFTER ALL, WERE SMART CITIES JUST ABOUT THIS?
CULTURAL SHIFT TOWARDS A SHARING SOCIETY

THE CITY AS NETWORK AND COMMONS
THE WAY WE SHARE DATA
THE WAY WE DEVELOP TECHNOLOGY

PICTURE SOURCE: http://samyroad.com
THE WAY WE CREATE SOLUTIONS
THE WAY WE CREATE SOLUTIONS

PICTURE SOURCE: http://opengov.newschallenge.org
http://aliciarouault.com/digitalmatatus/
THE WAY WE SHARE KNOWLEDGE

PICTURE SOURCE: http://we-make-money-not-art.com
THE WAY WE DESIGN PUBLIC SERVICES
THE WAY WE LINK TECH, ART AND PUBLIC LIFE

PICTURE SOURCE: http://georgezisiadis.com/#/pulse-of-the-city/
THE WAY WE SHAPE AND ENJOY OUR CITIES

PICTURE SOURCE: http://medialab-prado.es
THE INTELLIGENCE OF A CITY IS ON THE STREETS
X

Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of
Great American Cities

THE HIDDEN VARIA...
FINAL REMARKS
CITIZENS WON´T BUY INTO SMART CITIES UNLESS THEY FIND THEM MEANINGFUL
DNA OF SMART CITIES POTENTIAL: EMPOWER...
THANKS!
www.ciudadesaescalahumana.org
www.humanscalecity.org

manufer2007@gmail.com
@manufernandez
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Smart cities of the future? It´s already happening, but not in the way we are being told

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Presentation by Manu Fernández at Re:Work Cities London, 13th December.

Here are my notes I prepared for the Re·Work Cities summit that was held in London. As you can see, my intervention was mostly based on my essay for Smart Citizens book, Smart cities of the future? It´s already happening, but not in the way we are being told.

Three main ideas:
Technology alone is not the enough and this basic premise, which seems so obvious, is not well embedded in the smart city narrative, I will explain it later.
There´s no need to wait for smart cities to happen or for others to let people transform the city with their own hands.
We need to raise questions and have a critical mindset on the implications of these technologies.

Smart cities of the future? It´s already happening, but not in the way we are being told

  1. 1. SMART CITIES OF THE FUTURE? It is already happening But not in the way we are being told @manufernandez December 2013
  2. 2. MANU FERNÁNDEZ URBAN STRATEGIST Researcher and urban policy consultant for the last 12 years Always involved in projects relating to local sustainability and analysis of urban economies. I am currently working as a freelance in three areas: • transitional uses of vacant and underused spaces the intersection of digital and social perspectives of bottom-up smart cities • the link between the digital society and the innovation economy. www.ciudadesaescalahumana.org www.humanscalecity.org manufer2007@gmail.com @manufernandez
  3. 3. SMART CITIZENS
  4. 4. MY PROBLEM WITH SMART CITIES TECHNOLOGY ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH NO NEED TO WAIT TIME TO RAISE QUESTIONS SMART CITIES OF THE FUTURE? It is already happening But not in the way we are being told PICTURE SOURCE:: http://www.globalnerdy.com
  5. 5. TECHNOLOGY ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH Cities are still about design, interaction, regulation, politics, public life, economy, collective action,... PICTURE SOURCE:: Dhiru Thadani (author)
  6. 6. NO NEED TO WAIT NO NEED TO WAIT FOR OTHERS NO NEED TO WAIT FOR PROMISES YET TO COME PICTURE SOURCE: http://datenform.de/map.html
  7. 7. TIME TO RAISE QUESTIONS WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR IT? WHAT IF IT GOES WRONG? WHO IS GOING TO BENEFIT FROM IT? WHAT KIND OF CITIZENSHIP ARE WE BUILDING? WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM URBAN STUDIES FIELDS? WILL ALGORITHMS BE THE NEW MAYORS?
  8. 8. SMART CITIES NARRATIVE AND ITS DISCONTENTS THINGS ABOUT SMART CITIES THAT MAKE ME NERVOUS Predictive analytics Data neutrality Depolitization City ≠ City council Quantitative urbanism Centralized Sustainability Efficiency Simplification Cities from scratch PICTURE SOURCE: http://www.flickr.com/photos/96366213@N00/81766439/
  9. 9. CONTROL-ROOM MODEL AFTER ALL, WERE SMART CITIES JUST ABOUT THIS?
  10. 10. CULTURAL SHIFT TOWARDS A SHARING SOCIETY THE CITY AS NETWORK AND COMMONS
  11. 11. THE WAY WE SHARE DATA
  12. 12. THE WAY WE DEVELOP TECHNOLOGY PICTURE SOURCE: http://samyroad.com
  13. 13. THE WAY WE CREATE SOLUTIONS
  14. 14. THE WAY WE CREATE SOLUTIONS PICTURE SOURCE: http://opengov.newschallenge.org http://aliciarouault.com/digitalmatatus/
  15. 15. THE WAY WE SHARE KNOWLEDGE PICTURE SOURCE: http://we-make-money-not-art.com
  16. 16. THE WAY WE DESIGN PUBLIC SERVICES
  17. 17. THE WAY WE LINK TECH, ART AND PUBLIC LIFE PICTURE SOURCE: http://georgezisiadis.com/#/pulse-of-the-city/
  18. 18. THE WAY WE SHAPE AND ENJOY OUR CITIES PICTURE SOURCE: http://medialab-prado.es
  19. 19. THE INTELLIGENCE OF A CITY IS ON THE STREETS X Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities THE HIDDEN VARIABLES OF URBAN EQUATION “Under the seeming disorder of the old city, wherever the old city is working successfully, is a marvelous order for maintaining the safety of the streets and the freedom of the city. It is a complex order. Its essence is intricacy of sidewalk use, bringing with it a constant succession of eyes. This order is all composed of movement and change, and although it is life, not art, we may fancifully call it the art form of the city (…).”
  20. 20. FINAL REMARKS CITIZENS WON´T BUY INTO SMART CITIES UNLESS THEY FIND THEM MEANINGFUL DNA OF SMART CITIES POTENTIAL: EMPOWERING PEOPLE SMART CITY INDUSTRY, CONSIDER INTERACTION DESIGN TIME TO THINK IN TERMS OF SERVICES, NOT PRODUCTS DIGITAL SOCIAL INNOVATION AS THE SMART CITY IN PRACTICE EXPLORE THE CONSEQUENCES FOR PEOPLE MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE
  21. 21. THANKS! www.ciudadesaescalahumana.org www.humanscalecity.org manufer2007@gmail.com @manufernandez

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