No one likes a city that’s too smart

Literature Review:
Richard Sennett
(Source: The Guardian, UK, 04.12.2012,

Reference to Urban Age Conference London 6-7 December 2012.
Sennett discusses the impact of technology on urban development that can result in smartness that either follows the principle of coordinaton or prescription. With Masdar City (United Arab Emirates (UAE)) and Songdo (South Korea) as examples of the latter, S. compares these stupefying cities with Rio de Janeiro as a more intelligent attempts to create a smart city. While Masdar and Songdo are more like city machines, set up with focus on functionality and efficiency, to “organize” people and their needs in Rio technology is used to support peoples desire to satisfy needs self-determined.


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