Habitat Unit

June 19 - 20, 2015

Beware of Smart People!
Redefining the Smart City Paradigm towards Inclusive Urbanism

The current debate about Smart Cities is strongly influenced by technological and application-oriented hard perspectives that predominantly materialize through the insertion of smart infrastructures into existing urban systems. Citizens (as individuals) and urban societies (as bodies) remain passive beneficiaries, end users or consumers.

This smartification of urban management is contrasted by increasing demands made by civil society and urban social movements towards greater inclusion in decision-making: New urban actors acquire new agency through local knowledge, expertise, creativity, social networking skills and collaborative capabilities, or social entrepreneurship.The symposium addresses the conflictual reality in which Smart City approaches are currently unfolding. International scholars and practitioners wil reflect on the “Smart City” as a contested paradigm; shift the discourse towards the notion of the urban as co-produced by many voices; attempt to redefine “Smart City” by putting ordinary citizens as “Smart People” at the core of the debate.

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Opening Keynote by Adam Greenfield
June 19, 2015
19.00 Uhr

Konzulat - Czech Centre
Wilhelmstraße 44 (Entrance Mohrenstraße)
10117 Berlin

June 20, 2015
09.30 - 19.00 Uhr

TU Berlin, Lichthof Main Building
Strasse des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin

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For free admission send an e-mail to: konrad.wolf@mailbox.tu-berlin.de

The symposium is organized by TU Dialogue Platform Smart People & Urban Commoning including Jörg Stollmann (Chair for Urban Design & Urbanization), Sybille Frank (Chair for Urban and Regional Sociology), Angela Million, Andreas Brück (Chair for Urban Design & Urban Development), Philipp Misselwitz (Habitat Unit - Chair of International Urbanism and Design), Johanna Schlaack (Center for Metropolitan Studies), Carolin Schröder (Center for Technology and Society).

In coordination with the scientific workshop „Smartology as new urban utopia“ organized by Martina Löw, Gunter Weidenhaus and Martin Fuller, IfS, TU Berlin.