Dismantling the smart city. Going for the myth, coming with the motto

The popularization of the adjective “smart” for talking about particular conglomerates of things, intending to highlight a new specific technological process, is the triumph of corporate propaganda over what we understand as urban life. Nowadays to talk about “smart cities” is a normalized and popularized attitude from business magazines to technological reviews; from entrepreneurial movements… Continue reading Dismantling the smart city. Going for the myth, coming with the motto

Literary roots of a digital choice. Worlds mixed in the street, part I

Differing from Newton and Schopenhauer, your ancestor did not think of time as absolute and uniform. He believed in an infinite series of times, in a dizzily growing, ever spreading network of diverging, converging and parallel times. This web of time - the strands of which approach one another, bifurcate, intersect or ignore each other… Continue reading Literary roots of a digital choice. Worlds mixed in the street, part I

Earth is round but society is flat. Exploring the concept of “scale” in transitions and ANT (I)

One of the most well-known characteristics of Actor-Network Theory is the non-existence, neither as ontological conceptions nor as methodological resources, of dichotomies close/far; large-scale/small-scale; inside/outside (Latour, 1996). The metaphor of the “network” (“plasma” or any other structure in this way) produces a specific sense of relationship where the “in between” appears, perhaps, as the only… Continue reading Earth is round but society is flat. Exploring the concept of “scale” in transitions and ANT (I)

Times Square from a classical STS perspective. An introduction

Classical STS has been working on/with solid and established objects and scenarios since its foundation: scientists, science, engineering, engineers, laboratories, systems, technology, infrastructures. But classical STS is also an arena of constant discussions and bifurcations. As an interdisciplinary set of knowledge, Science & Technology Studies are composed of different perspectives and ways of understanding the… Continue reading Times Square from a classical STS perspective. An introduction

Experimenting in the experimental city

Cities are the epithet of progress. Cities are the humanity’s greatest invention (Glaeser, 2011). Cities are sites for experimenting, creating, and innovating. But cities are also scenarios where poverty, inequality, environmental threatens, and insecurity happen. Cities are administrative ways of dividing geographies. “City” is a metaphor; the city is a semantic resource. “City” is a… Continue reading Experimenting in the experimental city

Looking for a locality. Working on transitions in Times Square (I)

Transition studies in STS (Elzen et al. 2004; Geels, 2002, 2010; Grin et al. 2010) have a preference and a solid background on Large-scale and long-term technological issues in contexts of crisis. (See, for example, low-carbon transition in a situation of climate crisis: Steward, 2012; Xiang-Wan, 2016; Geels et al. 2017; Geels, 2018; Roberts et… Continue reading Looking for a locality. Working on transitions in Times Square (I)

Writing urban from STS

To write is an extension of walking. Yes, it is merely that. To write is organizing memories in a semantic structure with the aim of translating emotions to a solid state where those can be preserved and reutilized how many times the reader consider necessary. To walk is an exercise of capturing and collecting moments,… Continue reading Writing urban from STS

The Project for Public Spaces

The transformation of Times Square from a car-land to a sight of the walkable public space is the result of a process based on pedestrianizing Broadway that occurred during the Bloomberg mayoralty. In a brief sense, the portions of Broadway Avenue crossing Times Square and Herald Square were eliminated from the City's traffic system, changing… Continue reading The Project for Public Spaces

What is an urban lab?

To think about the city as a laboratory is not the only way of using this metaphor in an urban scenario; we also have urban labs. An urban laboratory is either a temporal or a permanent “constructed site of knowledge production” (Karvonen & van Heur, 2014). The nature of the laboratory is not relevant at… Continue reading What is an urban lab?