When we think of smart cities, the hypermodern cities of Shenzen or Songdo usually come to mind. But when we look at the future, it is clear that all cities - from Brooklyn to Berkeley - will also be smart.
New or old, smart cities are sustained by intelligent infrastructure, an assemblage of software, wireless communication technologies, and environmental sensors. These allow for previously unimagined levels of adaptability, with mobile telephony serving to organize people, practices, and policy. What does a network paradigm mean for our future cities? What are the intended and unintended consequences? We stand at a critical urban moment when a materialist perspective requires knowledge of both the visible and invisible components-- information, energy, sustainability, transportation, and social practices -- in addition to a critique of power and inequality. While intelligent infrastructure has the potential to bring new decision-making models for resource sharing and land use, there are also serious concerns regarding data collection, privacy and control, all of which are currently inviting public participation and debate.
Speaker: Thérèse Tierney, Founding Director of URL: Urban Research Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
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