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Against the smart city (The city is here for you to use)

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From the smartphones in our pockets and the cameras on the lampposts to sensors in the sewers, the sidewalks and the bike-sharing stations, the contemporary city is permeated with networked information technology.

As promoted by enterprises like IBM, Siemens and Cisco Systems, the vision of the "smart city" proposes that this technology can be harnessed by municipal admini
Kindle Edition, 152 pages
Published September 5th 2013
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Surabhi Gupta
Oct 20, 2015 Surabhi Gupta rated it really liked it
Adam Greenfield in this 'pamphlet' seeks to explore the smart city debate in terms of “exactly what is being laid out in this framing of things, and by whom" . He takes up developmental projects of- New Songdo in South Korea, Masdar City in UAE and Plan IT Valley in Portugal,that have been taken as shining exemplars of this kind of smart urban planning; and the official matter and arguments made by big corporations like San Jose’s Cisco Systems, Munich-based Siemens AG, IBM corporations of New Y ...more
Esben Groendal
Feb 07, 2015 Esben Groendal rated it it was amazing

I can only recommend this pamphlet with concerns about how we think about the concept of the smart city. Who are we optimising for? Who are we letting do the optimising? And very relevant to our study: what role does the citizen occupy in the optimisation process? Riveting.

The author describes marketing material from New Songdo in South Korea, Masdar City in Abu Dhabi and Living PlanIT in Portugal, as well as all the material available from the big vendors of the smart city dream: IBM, CISCO, SI
David Owens
Jul 13, 2016 David Owens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A deep reading of promotional material sounds like a cynical device, but the narrative the big players set is key in defining the way we think about how smart cities should evolve.

Adam Greenfield points out a string of problems, ranging from the practical to the ethical, and leaves us with an understanding of our moral and ethical duty to consider how a smart city should really develop; by enhancing the cities we already have, and helping all of their citizens to take advantage of a networked so
Ian Bellomy
Jan 27, 2015 Ian Bellomy rated it really liked it
Poignant critique of modernest tendencies in the rhetoric of smart cities.
Sep 26, 2015 LiA rated it really liked it
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Excellent description to show that smart is not always smart.
Peter Gasston
Nov 11, 2013 Peter Gasston rated it really liked it
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A well-reasoned critique of the tech-utopian ideals of the smart city - ideals which seem to overlook the presence of actual living people, or the rises in mobile technology of the last few years.
Carlos Gomez de llarena
It's a critique of the smart city concept and the marketing apparatus behind it coming from big telcos, pundits and municipalities. It's well researched.
Oct 12, 2013 Steven rated it really liked it
An excellent takedown of the vision of the 'smart city,' devastating and precise in its language.
Dave Emmett
Jun 08, 2014 Dave Emmett rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who live in cities
Shelves: design, ebook, cities, 2014
A great look behind the rhetoric of the Smart City.
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