Flaws of the Smart City

ISSUE #1 LOSS OF PRIVACY

By embedding sensors in the streets, the Smart City is under constant surveillance; monitored by public forces and private interests. Being able to track and record activities has erased the notion of anonymity promised by the urban structure. Targeting marginality through these tracking systems is allowing to get rid of, physically and digitally, a specific population in a specific area.

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System: climate control

Evil genius design: Shopping Mall climate control will be controlled according to the guest’s average body temperature is the temperature control to save energy. Obese people may feel very hot.

ISSUE #13 DECONTEXTUALIZED

From catalogs to streets, Smart Cities offer generic technologies without deeply caring about their adaptation to the local context. Technological propositions from the Smart City provide cultural codes which are not necessarily going together with the local values. If Smart Cities visions are built on something, it seems to be on a western-life culture.

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System: climate control

Evil genius design: The climate control will control the use of hot water, according to the science of the time offered a limited supply of hot water to save water.

ISSUE #14 MISSING THE HUMAN SCALE

Designing the city smarter seems to mean observing human behaviors from a bird’s-eye view, with a focus on crowd management. It’s missing the messiness of humanity, which will inevitably jam the quest for a perfect logical urban system. City making may have its own agenda; dealing with humans is all about unpredictability, wildness, irrationality or digital illiteracy.

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System: climate control

Evil genius design: Sleep time the temperature will automatically adjust to a comfortable temperature when you wake up you would raise the temperature to make it hot to wake up.

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