Friday 31.05.19, 19:00
What a ‘Smart City’ Should (Not) Look Like (Lectures)

Scott McQuire, author of the best-selling book Geomedia: Networked Cities and the Future of Public Space, will share his vision on using residents’ data to make their lives better  










english with simultaneous translation into Russian

We live in the era of geomedia. Over the last 20 years, media technology has become ‘geomedia’ — ubiquitous, place-aware and capable of supporting new forms of ‘realtime’ feedback. This digital infrastructure is contributing to significantly different practices of urban inhabitation and place-making. A popular global response to these emergent conditions has been adoption of the ‘smart city’ as an urban paradigm. While this vision offers some benefits, it is too narrow and will fail to fully realise the social potential of distributed digital networks.

According to Scott McQuire, an urban and media expert, as cities deploy networked digital and computational technologies, there is an urgent need to rethink the dominant ‘smart city’ agenda. Using Melbourne’s Urban Forest project and the Solar Equation installation created in 2010 by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer as examples, McQuire will explain why ‘communication’ should be placed at the centre of mediated urban life and how it allows a different appreciation of the challenges involved in designing the networked digital city for the 21st century and beyond..

Scott McQuire is an urban expert, media theorist, and co-founder of the Research Unit for Public Cultures at the University of Melbourne. Faculty members are engaged in interdisciplinary digital media, art, and urban and social studies research.The Media City: Media, Architecture and Urban Space as well as Geomedia: Networked Cities and the Future of Public Space were published in Russian by Strelka Press in 2018.

The lecture will be held in English, with simultaneous interpretation into Russian. Receivers will be issued in exchange for an ID.

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