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Equality in the City

Imaginaries of the Smart Future

Graham Cairns, Series Editor
A compelling critique of “smart city” rhetoric.

Equality in the City engenders 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.

232 pages | 22 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

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Table of Contents

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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