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

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

Going to Times Square, part I. A brief presentation

This piece of research is proposing you an unofficial tour around The new new* Times Square. Around the spatiality, I have delimited and named as Times Square for constructing my particular case. This one, the one I am showing you here, is located in the same place that the local administration traced as Times Square,… Continue reading Going to Times Square, part I. A brief presentation

The Columbus Syndrome

...And an introduction to radical ethnography. Why did I decide to do ethnography? Well, I do ethnography because I consider that through an ethnographical work I can first, follow the trajectories of the objects I am interested in, using any kind of resources from any side and without a determined disciplinary, theoretical frame or preconception.… Continue reading The Columbus Syndrome