Smart cities

Smart cities

Reading Guide – Critiquing the Smart City

Distributed autonomous networks, blockchains and smart contracting are changing the way we live in cities. We have side-stepped the utopian and techno-fix literature to compile a set of readings from geographers, social theorists and others which draw on contemporary examples to critique the ‘smart city’.

Gabrys, J. (2014). Programming environments: Environmentality and citizen sensing in the smart city. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32(1), 30-48.

Gibbs, D., Krueger, R., & MacLeod, G. (2013). Grappling with smart city politics in an era of market triumphalism. Urban Studies, 50(11), 2151-2157.

Kitchin, R. (2014). The real-time city? Big data and smart urbanism. GeoJournal, 79(1), 1-14.

Kitchin, R. (2014). Making sense of smart cities: addressing present shortcomings. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, rsu027.

Kitchin, R. (2013). Big data and human geography: Opportunities, challenges and risks. Dialogues in human geography, 3(3), 262-267.

Klauser, F., Paasche, T., & Söderström, O. (2014). Michel Foucault and the smart city: power dynamics inherent in contemporary governing through code. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32(5), 869-885.

Marvin, S., Luque-Ayala, A., & McFarlane, C. (Eds.). (2015). Smart urbanism: Utopian vision or false dawn?. Routledge.

Pearsall, H. (2013). Superfund me: a study of resistance to gentrification in New York City. Urban Studies, 50(11), 2293-2310.

Sadowski, J., Pasquale, F. (2015). The spectrum of control: A social theory of the smart city. First Monday, [S.l.], June 2015.

Shelton, T., Zook, M., & Wiig, A. (2014). The ‘actually existing smart city’. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, rsu026.

Vanolo, A. (2014). Smartmentality: The smart city as disciplinary strategy. Urban Studies, 51(5), 883-898.

Wiig, A. (2016). The empty rhetoric of the smart city: from digital inclusion to economic promotion in Philadelphia. Urban Geography, 37(4), 535-553.