Below Rem Koolhas asks what really makes a city "smart", and argues that it's critical for smart cities and governments to converge again.
Edited English transcript of a talk given at the High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities, Brussels, 24 September 2014. Translated into Spanish by José Juan Barba, arquitecto y profesor.
The rhetoric of smart cities would be more persuasive if the environment that the technology companies create was actually a compelling one that offered models for what the city can be. But if you look at Silicon Valley you see that the greatest innovators in the digital field have created a bland suburban environment that is becoming increasingly exclusive.
I had a sinking fe...read more