Published: 22nd Nov 2012

Our cities are entering a new challenging age of resource constraints, economic uncertainty, social instability and environmental change. We need solutions. New technology has a key role in this. So it was with hope, that I travelled to Barcelona for the Smart City Expo and World Congress. For those not familiar with the ‘smart city’ agenda, it is about the use of technological advances in physical and ICT infrastructure to improve competitiveness and create better cities in the future. In the UK, the most recent manifestation of this type of agenda is the Future Cities Demonstrator Project, which many cities have recently been bidding into. From my own place-making and progressive economic development perspective I have always believed in the potential of ‘smart cities’, but have been a little frustrated by it. Whilst about new technologies, I perceived it as merely working within the often failing political and economic orthodoxies, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)