VIDEO ESSAY (2014)

Smart Cities. Becoming a gimmick?

In 21st Century urban planning, the term ‘Smart Cities’ is frequently bandied about. It’s the ultimate urban utopia of most urban planners and policy-makers in the UK and elsewhere in the World. Today “[h]ardly a week passes without a mayor somewhere in the world unveiling a “smart city” project—often at one of the many conferences hailing the concept”. Although, city-scale experiments have already been designed and implemented the smart cities model has been largely criticised, contested and challenged by many because of its technocentric approach to complex physical, social, environmental and economic urban systems.

 

Directed and Produced by Gynna Millan, Illiany Hamdan and Roderick Selfridge

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