I was invited to a workshop in Stuttgart on Real World Labs hosted by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the German state of Baden-Würtemberg. Six project teams presented their current work on situated innovation and I delivered a keynote presentation on ‘Impacts and Implications of Real World Labs’. I also convened a workshop with Niko Schäpke and Katleen de Flander on ‘Space, scale and time as key dimensions of configuring urban real world labs’. Thanks to Niko for the invitation!
I am very pleased to announce the release of Key Thinkers on Cities edited by Regan Koch and Alan Latham. Regan and Alan recruited several great scholars to write short pieces about influential urban academics and practitioners. I was honoured to contribute a chapter on Matthew Gandy. Something for the summer reading list!
I attended the Nordic Geographers Meeting in Stockholm and co-organised three sessions on ‘Smart for Whom?’ with Federico Cugurullo. Thanks to following contributors for their insightful presentations:
- The Social and Environmental Implications of Smart Cities: A Global Comparative Research Agenda,
- Doing smart governance: an assemblage approach, Matthew Cook and Simon Joss
- Understanding Smart City Policies through a critical analytical framework: the cases of Cape Town and Amsterdam,
Hebe Verrest and Karin Pfeffer
- Interface points and divisions in a smart urban district in the Dublin Docklands, Liam Heaphy
- Knowledge Politics and Representational Inequalities in Open Calgary, Ryan L. Burns
- Stretching “Smart”: Enhancing Health and Well-Being of Urban Residents in Kashiwa- no-ha Smart City,
Greg Trencher and Andrew Karvonen
- The UK Smart City and its Publics, Rob Cowley, Simon Joss and Federico Caprotti
- The “smart” inhabitant: ‘Digi-Tal’ services and social differences in Tel Aviv City, Tali Hatuka & Hadas Zur
- What the smart city model can learn from Latin American cities. The case of Medellin, Colombia, Gynna Millan
- How we know where we are in the smart city – citizen perceptions in Amsterdam, Christine Richter, Shazade Jameson, Linnet Taylor and Carmen Pérez del Pulgar
- The unsustainability of smart-city governance: new hardware, old software, Federico Cugurullo
- Equality and the Smart City: Negotiating (Post)Democracy in Manchester, UK, Joe Blakey
- Exploring agriculture in smart urban development: a realistic food supply or middle class indulgence?,
Per-Anders Langendahl, Matthew Cook, Cecilia Mark-Herbert, and Annika Gottberg
- Technology beyond politics? Smart urbanism and social inequalities in the European city, Henrike Rau, Samuel Mössner, and Marco Santangelo
The Experimental City (Routledge 2016) has now been published in paperback. Same great chapters in a more affordable format. What could be better?
I delivered a lecture at the University of Luxembourg on ‘Urban Experiments: The Politics of Measuring, Assessing, and Scaling’ as part of a public lecture series on ‘Science and Citizens meet Challenges of Sustainability’. I also hosted a workshop with Master’s students that are earning a Certificate in Sustainable Development and Social Innovation. Good stuff! Thank you to Ariane König for the invitation.
I attended the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers in Boston and participated in a number of sessions. Federico Cugurullo and I co-organised two paper sessions on the theme of ‘Situating Smart: Spatial and Material Politics of Smart Urbanisation’ and I organised a panel discussion on The Experimental City. On the way to the conference one morning, I stumbled across the Fenway Victory Gardens in the Frederick Law Olmsted’s Back Bay and Fens (pictured above). This is the oldest operating Victory Gardens in the US. Wonderful to see that they are still used for growing!
Thanks to Catalina Turcu at UCL for the invitation to serve as a guest critic for the final presentations for her Sustainable Urbanism students. It was a pleasure to attend the research team presentations and discuss innovative ways to make Nacka (a suburb of Stockholm) a more liveable and vibrant place. Bravo!