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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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Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading this is like watching an elite street fighter player unleash a series of combos on their hapless opponent. Greenfield decisively demolishes each and every aspect of smart city rhetoric without falling into the trap of Neo-Luddism. Essential reading.
Surabhi Gupta
Sep 11, 2015 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
Brendan McGill
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
As the author acknowledges again and again in an effort to dodge criticism, this book is a narrowly focused criticism against the most well known 'smart cities' (Masdar, PlanIT Valley, Songdo) and on the marketing material published by Cisco, Siemens, and IBM.

As much as the author insists that 'this language matters', such a narrow focus does not make for a good criticism of the smart city.

There are other, widely accepted smart city initiatives and standards, like those pushed by the United Nati
Xin Zhao
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: smart-cities
This book is a really good summary of the smart cities projects prior to 2013 and the tech-based giants as well as the major stakeholders driving this movement. It has included a thorough overview of the literature provided by the tech/system solution providers by quoting from their words. It has also given a balanced overview pointing out 14 weakness of the existing "smart cities" ideology. I'm more interested in his more recent comments (on any) in the European smart cities that are rather peo ...more
David Kolenda-Owens
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
Peter Gasston
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, non-fiction
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. ...more
Ian Bellomy
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Poignant critique of modernest tendencies in the rhetoric of smart cities.
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
An excellent takedown of the vision of the 'smart city,' devastating and precise in its language. ...more
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Recommends it for: people who live in cities
Shelves: 2014, cities, design, ebook
A great look behind the rhetoric of the Smart City.
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