Abstract Smart Space and Concrete Risks

Ottenburger, Sadeeb Simon and Ufer, Ulrich (2019) Abstract Smart Space and Concrete Risks. IS THIS THE REAL WORLD? Perfect Smart Cities vs. Real Emotional Cities. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2019, 24th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 63-67. ISSN 2521-3938

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Abstract representations of space in the smart city, like the control rooms of intelligent operation centres, simulate a panoptic gaze in order to legitimate the planning, management and control of urban space. In the corresponding language of quantified risk assessment, smart risks can be presented as objective numerical values whose probability of occurrence can be significantly reduced through smart measures for resilience. In our paper, we argue that the smart city’s technological solutions aim at reducing risk, but, in fact, create the paradoxical situation that measures for technological resilience reduce some technological risks, but reproduce and even amplify risks on technological and social levels at the same time. We illustrate this argument by critically discussing the emerging smart city with a view to the narrative of technological urban improvement for the good life, which is accompanied by acceptability of, and habituation to setbacks, or to potential disruptive impacts on urban services.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural practise, risk, resilience, smart city, smart space
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2021 19:48
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2021 19:48
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/561

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