Smart city and its discontents


The idea of the smart city seems to have triumphed as a term that aims to bring together the link between the twenty-first century technologies and their deployment in the city. Even though its narrative compresses very diffuse profiles, interpretations and definitions, the smart city –no matter you feel comfortable or not with the term itself- has gained a privileged position in the whole scope of urban discussions and particularly in the field of urban technologies. But after some years of massive attention, the list of skeptics and openly critical positions keeps growing.

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Food for thought, especially as we hear of more cloud-based smart city solutions.

"She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails."

- Elizabeth Edwards (via onlinecounsellingcollege)