Equality in the City (Book)

Imaginaries of the Smart Future

Edited by Susan Flynn Series edited by Graham Cairns

Interdisciplinary collection exploring cities and urban spaces in the context of technological and digital innovation. An approachable discussion of the issues surrounding smart digital futures and the disruptive potential of smart technologies in our cities; issues of change, design, austerity, ownership, citizenship and equality. 22 half-tones.

Series: Mediated Cities

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This collection critiques the rhetoric of ‘smart cities’. It seeks to engender a timely debate about what future cities might look like and what their concerns should be. Using a multi-disciplinary perspective, it features acclaimed scholars whose work investigates the proposed networked digital technologies that ostensibly affect planning policies, control infrastructures and deliver and manage city services and systems. The contributors offer insights into how future cities might be envisaged, planned and executed in order to be more ‘equal’.

Susan Flynn is Director of eduCORE, the education research centre of Institute of Technology, Carlow and Research Associate of the Equality Studies Centre, University College Dublin. She researches pedagogy, equality and digital culture.

Introduction Susan Flynn

 

Section 1: Urban Crisis

1.     Locked down in the neoliberal Smart City: A-systemic technologies in crisis. Eleanor Dare, Reader in Digital Media, Royal College of Art

 

2.     If (equality). Delfina Fantini von Ditmar, Lecturer in Digital Research, Royal College of Art

 

3.     Reading Lefebvre’s right to the city in the age of the internet. Alan Reeve. Reader in Urban Design, Oxford Brookes University

 

4.     Universities, Equality and the Neoliberal City. Richard Hayes. Vice-President, Waterford Institute of Technology

 

Section 2: City Design

 

5.     Universal Smart City Design. Eoghan Conor O’Shea, Lecturer in Universal Design and Architecture. Institute of Technology, Carlow, Ireland

 

6.     The Design and Public Imaginaries of Smart Street Furniture. Justine Humphry, University of Sydney; Sophia Maalsen, University of Sydney; Justine Gangneux, University of Glasgow; Chris Chesher, University of Sydney; Matt Hanchard, University of Glasgow; Simon Joss, University of Glasgow; Peter Merrington, University of Glasgow; Bridgette Wessels, University of Glasgow

 

7.     Co-creating Place and Creativity Through Media Architecture: The Instabooth. Glenda Caldwell, Associate Professor of Architecture, Queensland University of Technology

 

8.     Narratives, inequalities and civic participation: A case for 'more-than-technological' approaches to smart city development. Niamh Moore-Cherry, Associate Professor of Urban Governance and Development in the School of Geography, University College Dublin; Carla Maria Kanyanen, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University College Dublin and Alma Clavin, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University College Dublin

 

Section3: Spatial Humanism

 

9.     Building Participatory City 2.0; Folksonomy, Taxonomy, Hyperhumanism. Carl Smith, Director of the Learning Technology Research Centre (LTRC) and Principal Research Fellow Ravensbourne University London; Fred Garnett, London Knowledge Lab and Manuel Laranja, Senior Associate Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Lisbon

 

 

10.  Psychogeography: reimagining and re-enchanting the smart city. Adrian Sledmere, Lecturer in Cultural Studies, University of the Arts, London

  

11.  Afterword

Rob Kitchin, Professor of Human Geography, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

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