- File Size: 527 KB
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- Publisher: Do projects; 1.3 edition (December 20, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 20, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FHQ5DBS
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Against the smart city (The city is here for you to use Book 1) Kindle Edition
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A remarkable thing is the honesty of the approach, the unapologetic assertiveness in style coupled with a certain sense of intellectual modesty. Readers could take issue with several aspects of this pamphlet, from its length to the fact that it “fails” to provide concrete solutions to municipal administration and administrators. Yet, as a pamphlet, it may be doing its work with remarkable efficiency.
Numerous endnotes found in this pamphlet could serve as starting points for further analysis, revisiting. Some of them may be classics, in the relevant fields’ literature, but bringing those to bear on issues from other issues should prove useful. In other words, this pamphlet could serve as the introductory text for a seminar on the Smart City. Without being peer-reviewed or couched in academese, it sparks the kinds of thoughts which make seminars such stimulating contexts for intellectual work.
This pamphlet could also serve ammunition to certain activists. Diverse passages could be quoted to “decision-makers” in accusative tone. The issue there is that bureaucrats and technocrats are unlikely to listen very carefully, as this pamphlet isn't for -crats. After all, a pamphlet is designed as a tool in “preaching to the choir”.
Personally, my main gripe as to the content of this pamphlet is in its “design” orientation. Surrounded by a number of designers (including an urban designer), as well as engineers, I came to understand a few years ago that design is by its very nature “overspecified”. Sure, there are open designs which allow for significant adaptation after the fact. But designers still perceive their work as a planning of future usage. Even “co-design” may end up dismissing citizen-driven design as mere “input”. For instance, a well-known designer effectively told a User Experience crowd not to worry about the effects of experiments in co-design since we still know who the real designers are. Even when it tries to be closer to the grassroots, design ends up being more “top-down” than “bottom-up”. Greenfield may propose new ways for citizens to drive city planning. But the proposal retains some of the strictures of… planning.
As an aspiring urbanist Adam's writings reminded me of a recent quote by Ash Amin: "We need a language that effectively counter the language of apocalypse. A new set of keywords around which a politics of hope can be constructed."
Having designed systems of surveillance, and seeing how little room is left for individual intent and joy, Adam's writing is an early yet significant voice among technologists who still manage to discover true humanism in their rigour and practice.
He warns us against overly-enthusiastic centralization and the predominance of imprecise (and mainly marketing-oriented) language used to date in the conversations about "smart cities" and offers a thoughtful and profoundly human perspective on how the opportunities and challenges might be addressed.
I will read it several times.
I wrote that on our blog, as some sort of "book review".
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