Smart Citizens, Participatory Urbanism, and the Future of City Design

Authored by: Jennifer Stein , Scott Fisher

The New Companion to Urban Design

Print publication date:  May  2019
Online publication date:  June  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138302129
eBook ISBN: 9780203731932
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The rapid development of intelligent urban infrastructure and “smart cities” in the Global North and Global South often produces optimistic narratives of increased efficiency through urban automation. In addition to the rise of large-scale smart infrastructure projects, urban computing platforms, like mobile phones and easily deployable sensor networks, have become ubiquitous tools for real-time data collection and distribution for urban planners and city dwellers alike. These emerging platforms have the potential to enable both intelligent cities and more engaged “smart citizens” through ubiquitous new technologies. The increasing development of smart city infrastructure and urban computing platforms necessitate new forms of urban interaction design, which is taking place most successfully at the citizen level through creative acts of civic engagement and participation.

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