Enabling the 4th City Through User Engagement
16 Oct 2019
The development of Internet of Things (IoT) and Information Communication Technology (ICT) is growing at an exorbitant rate. For the “Smart City” movement this means leveraging data to achieve a constantly adapting, connected, intelligent, healthier and more efficient human habitat. But what does this mean for our public spaces and communities? Discussions concerning the “publicness” of public space has moved beyond the physical and into the data sphere. In this area, new questions of spatial agency, representation and rights are emerging, catalysed by the privatisation of publicly driven data by large vendors. With the growth of the “smart city” movement, the political role of public space extends its reach and with it so does our responsibility as practitioners. This presentation will explore processes of city-making that pursue genuine urban resilience using local knowledge, whether political, cultural or ecological. Leveraging global case studies of existing user engaged IoT, we articulate a need to move from a “smart city” to an “engaged city” model and discuss some of the key constraints in getting there.