WEEK19:Smart city or not?

Readings: The truth about smart cities: ‘in the end, they will destroy democracy’

This week’s reading is talking about the key aspects of smart cities. In the article, it discusses the users opinions about smart city, how high technique influences on people’s lives, and how it might looks in the future.

Promise and Problem

  • The Promise of the Smart City concept illustrate as the below:
  1. It might be a low-carbon city, or a city that’s easy to move around, or a city with jobs and housing.
  2. It will be acceptable as long as it emerges from the ground up.
  3. It might be to give those who govern it a way to try out their decisions in virtual reality before inflicting them on live humans.
  4. It is the city not with smartphones, but with publicity funded sports facilities and a cable car connecting them to the city. (An environment friendly and user-friendly city, with high quality public lives.)
  • The Potential problems involve several things, such as:
  1. It might weave cutting-edge networks and gadgets into centuries-old streets and deeply ingrained social habits and patterns of movement.
  2. With an “Operating system”, the software might crashes and cause wrongs.
  3. It might be an issue with open-data initiatives.
  4. In the end, the smart city will destroy democracy. And the Internet will eat everything. (A mess lives with electronic devices and databases.)

The interesting example of a smart city project I found from the Programmable website is (Image 1): Crowdsourcing the City’s Narrative by Chantal Lefebvre.Screen-Shot-2015-03-31-at-11.35.01-AM-640x424

Image 1.City Narrative photo shot

This project starts as a Facebook group, which requires people to brief the things/incidents they see on the street. The aim is to let citizens know how to Communicates and Share with each other. It lets people act as a third party, to telling the stories/things they saw around. The story teller could reviewed the commons or exchange ideas with diversity people; and the audience could knows fresh stories or news in difference places.

Also, one of the rules-no images, make this program much more fun. As people know, images works as a signal. Compare with words, signs is a direct method to let users understand one thing. However, words could offering people enough space to imagination the story, and bring much more funs.

In conclusion, smart cities should be a place provides people a happy life with a comfort environment, enough private and some public activities.


Korducki, K. (2015). Crowdsourcing the City’s Narrative. Retrieved from: http://torontoist.com/2015/03/crowdsourcing-the-citys-narrative/


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