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Durham University

Department of Geography

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Smart Urbanism: Utopian Vision or False dawn? International Workshop

20th June 2013, 08:30 to 21st June 2013, 16:00, Birley Room, Hatfield College, North Bailey

Urban Studies Foundation & Durham University

Draft Programme

Day 1: Thursday 20th June, 2013
8:30 - 9:00 Coffee - Welcome and Introduction - Simon Marvin
9:00 - 10:30 Session 1 - The Problematic of Smart Urbanism
What urban problems does smart address, what are the critical pressures and drivers of smart, how are responses organised and is there progressive potential?
Chair: Mike Crang
  • The Real Time City? Big Data and Smart Urbanism
    Rob Kitchin (National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland)
  • Smart cities: reflecting on the wider issues
    Rick Robinson (IBM)
  • Smart cities: a critical research agenda?
    Colin McFarlane, Andrés Luque & Simon Marvin (Durham University, UK)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee
11:00 - 12:30 Session 2 - The Politics of Making Cities Smarter
How does smart reshape our understanding of the techno-mediated governance of urban space, users and infrastructures?
Chair: Harriet Bulkeley

  • Is an 'alternative' smart city possible? Critically revisiting the smart city debate
    Robert G. Hollands (University of Newcastle, UK)
  • Control Rooms and Networked Urban Life
    Rachel Gordon, Ben Anderson, Mike Crang & Simon Marvin (Durham University, UK)
  • "Word Mark: SMARTER CITIES; Serial Number: 79077782": The discursive making of the smart city model
    Ola Söderström, Francisco Klauser & Till Paasche (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Session 3 - Rolling out Smart Cities
What are the particular dynamics and urban politics of smart cities roll-out in different comparative contexts of the global north and south, US and Europe?
Chair: Colin McFarlane

  • The dual focus of smart urbanism: Enabling infrastructural efficiencies and promoting global economic competitiveness
    Alan Wigg (Temple University, Philadelphia, USA)
  • Minor urbanism: everyday entanglements of technology and urban Life
    Mark Shepard (University at Buffalo, USA)
  • Smart urbanism in South Africa: beyond the digital?
    Nancy Odendaal (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee
15:30 - 17:30 Session 4 - Smart Communities
What are the potential of smart for community development and alternative smart logics?
Chair: Gordon Macleod

  • The useful failures of the P2P city: what to learn from community wireless?
    Alison Powell (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)
  • Connecting the dots? Exploring the challenges in creating urban networks from multiple individual points of connectivity
    Catherine Middleton (Ryerson University, Canada)
  • From citizenship science to governmental deployments of air quality monitoring devices
    Nerea Calvillo (C+arquitectos, Spain)
  • Real Time Database Enabled Urbanism: Dromocracy or Distributed Democracy?
    Mike Crang (Durham University, UK)
19:00 Dinner - Finbarr's Restaurant, Durham
Day 2: Friday 21st June, 2013
9:00 - 9:30 Coffee
9:30 - 11:00 Session 5 - Smart Urban Control and Surveillance
How are smart technologies and practices reshaping the control and surveillance of cities?
Chair: Gareth Powell

  • Michel Foucault and the Smart City: Power and Surveillance Dynamics inherent in Contemporary 'Governing through Code'
    Francisco Klauser, Till Paasche & Ola Söderström (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
  • Territorial layers and smart urbanism: controlling and managing urban public space
    Rodrigo Firmino & Fabio Duarte (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil)
  • Flat world cities? A critical analysis of IBM's Smarter Cities initiatives
    Donald McNeill (University of Western Sydney, Australia)
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee
11:30 - 13:00 Session 6 - Smart Grids, Smart Energy and Smart Monitoring
What are the relations and tensions between the development of smart and urban ecologies and infrastructures?
Chair: Andrés Luque

  • Competing visions of smart grid and sustainable energy clusters: the critical role of socio-political context
    Jennie C. Stephens (Clark University, MA, USA)
  • The case of – An example of self organising techno-social and smart communities in action
    Ajay Kumar (PowerCuts India)
  • Electricity Markets and the Geographies of Smart Energy
    Gareth Powells, Harriet Bulkeley & Sandra Bell (Durham University, UK)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Session 7 - Smart Economies
How does the concept of smart urbanism re-scale and reshape urban economic development?
Chair: Simon Marvin

  • Sunderland Cloud initiative [title TBC]
    Diane Downey (Sunderland City Council)
  • Smart cities as the triple helix of a regional innovation system
    Mark Deakin (Edinburgh Napier University, UK)
  • Smart-New Urbanism in the Scottish Highlands: Mobile Policies and Postpolitics in Local Development Planning
    Gordon MacLeod (Durham University, UK)
15:30 - 16:00 Next steps and End

Note: On the evening of Wednesday 19th we will be gathering at Durham’s Department of Geography (Manley Room) for a glass of wine and an informal buffet (5.00 - 7.00pm), sponsored by the Department’s Urban Worlds Research Cluster.

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