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Scaling the Smart City

The Design and Ethics of Urban Technology

  • 1st Edition - July 22, 2024
  • Author: Nicole Gardner
  • Language: English
  • Paperback ISBN:
    9 7 8 - 0 - 4 4 3 - 1 8 4 5 2 - 9
  • eBook ISBN:
    9 7 8 - 0 - 4 4 3 - 1 8 4 5 3 - 6

Scaling the Smart City, The Design and Ethics of Urban Technology engages with the smart city as a problem of scale. It disentangles the smart city from its corporate and technocra… Read more

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Scaling the Smart City, The Design and Ethics of Urban Technology engages with the smart city as a problem of scale. It disentangles the smart city from its corporate and technocratic strong hold by presenting an accessible design framework that productively aligns philosophical thinking on technology with foundational technical understandings of urban technology and smart system design. Scaling the Smart City complements and mediates between critical social theory perspectives of the smart city and technically comprehensive case studies. It examines these case examples and critiques design prototypes by threading the overarching principles of the smart city through urban, spatial, and personal scales.

The knowledge and know-how to design and create urban technologies and smart cities is steadily moving from a niche field to a core industry competency. Scaling the Smart City outlines a unique cross scalar design framework, developed to teach smart cities design to designers and engineers. It unpacks the "backbox" of smart city initiatives and demystifies physical computing system design concepts. The book’s analysis of real-world case examples and design prototypes aims to demonstrate how design thinking and practice can better engage with the ethical implications of creating urban technologies and smart systems for society. It uses a clear, accessible, and instructive style of writing that synthesizes relevant scholarship and concepts to develop the reader’s foundational understanding of the contemporary smart city paradigm. It also explores the ethical implications of urban technologies and smart city initiatives.

This book is an invaluable resource for readers in the established fields and professions of design, architecture, urban design, and city planning as well as the emerging fields of urban technology and urban interaction design.