Smart Cities. called "smart" but condemned to being stupid.

23/11/2014
Smart Cities. called "smart" but condemned to being stupid.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Titled "My thoughts on the smart city", Rem Koolhaas gave a talk at the High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities, Brussels, last 24 September 2014.

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