Editorial: Social Smart Cities: Reflecting on the Implications of ICTs in Urban Space
Author:
Lorena Melgaço and Katharine S. Willis
Title:
Editorial: Social Smart Cities: Reflecting on the Implications of ICTs in Urban Space
ISSN Code:
2468-0648
DOI Code:
10.24306/plnxt.2017.04.001
Journal:
PlaNext
Edition:
Volume 4 | July 2017 | 5-7

Much of our thinking around technology and the city is based around polarising paradigms. These tend to move between two different approaches; the technocratic and the social. On one hand the smart city agenda is underpinned by a vision of data-centred optimisation of urban systems, whilst on the other hand there is a focus on open-source, citizen driven approach based around ad-hoc practices and prototyping of counter-culture scenarios. To date, the technocratic paradigm has tended to dominate smart city projects and initiatives, which are often led by ICT companies...