Richard Sennett: the stupefying smart city

A relatively short talk by Richard Sennett outlining his concerns about the simplifications that current ‘smart city’ rhetorics apply/imply in the design of urban spaces, drawing upon his previous work concerning ‘brutal simplifiers‘. The preclusion of ‘problems’ through the over-design of highly centralised processing facilities. Sennett argues for ‘coordinative’ rather than ‘prescriptive’ way of organising the urban. He says, rather than model the city on a well-oiled efficient machine, but which therefore stifles creativity, we need to forge means of flexibly organising cities to facilitate ‘the genius’ of cities and enable ‘competent urbanites’.

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