RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017

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68 CANCELLED - Urban Studies Journal Lecture: The ideological alignment of smart urbanism in Singapore: critical reflections on a political paradox
Convenor(s) Jon Bannister (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
Chair(s) Jon Bannister (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
Timetable Wednesday 30 August 2017, Session 3 (14:40 - 16:20)
Room RGS-IBG Ondaatje Theatre
Session abstract ***We are sorry to announce that the Urban Studies Journal Lecture has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances***

Over the past decade, much has been written about the potential of smart urbanism to bring about various and lasting forms of betterment. The embedding of digital technologies within urban infrastructures has been well-documented, and the efficiencies of smart models of urban governance and management have been lauded. More recently, however, the discourse has been labelled ‘hegemonic’, and accused of developing a view of smart technology that is blinkered by its failure to critique its socio-political effects. By focusing on the case of Singapore’s “Smart Nation” initiative, this paper embraces the paradox at the heart of smart urbanism, and, in doing so, interrogates the tension between ideology and praxis, efficiency and control, access and choice, and smart governance and smart citizenship. It also demonstrates how such tensions are (re)produced through ‘fourthspace’ – the digitally-enabled spaces of urbanism that are co-created, and that contribute to an expansion and diffusion of social and political responsibility. It ends by suggesting how such spaces have the potential to radically transform not just the urban environment, but also the role of government and citizens in designing urban futures.
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CANCELLED - The ideological alignment of smart urbanism in Singapore: critical reflections on a political paradox
Lily Kong (Singapore Management University, Singapore)
***We are sorry to announce that the Urban Studies Journal Lecture has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances***

Over the past decade, much has been written about the potential of smart urbanism to bring about various and lasting forms of betterment. The embedding of digital technologies within urban infrastructures has been well-documented, and the efficiencies of smart models of urban governance and management have been lauded. More recently, however, the discourse has been labelled ‘hegemonic’, and accused of developing a view of smart technology that is blinkered by its failure to critique its socio-political effects. By focusing on the case of Singapore’s “Smart Nation” initiative, this paper embraces the paradox at the heart of smart urbanism, and, in doing so, interrogates the tension between ideology and praxis, efficiency and control, access and choice, and smart governance and smart citizenship. It also demonstrates how such tensions are (re)produced through ‘fourthspace’ – the digitally-enabled spaces of urbanism that are co-created, and that contribute to an expansion and diffusion of social and political responsibility. It ends by suggesting how such spaces have the potential to radically transform not just the urban environment, but also the role of government and citizens in designing urban futures.