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
|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 PowerCuts.in – 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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