Mathematisation of the Urban and Not Urbanisation of Mathematics: Smart Cities and the Secret of Urban Data
27 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2015 Last revised: 2 Dec 2015
Date Written: September 7, 2015
In this paper, I argue that the actual practices of smart cities, and various technologies that preempt and constitute such an urban form, be understood not as 'urbanisation of mathematics' – as often described by industry documents, design fictions, and academic analyses – but as 'mathematisation of the urban.' The former notion, I explain, refers to conceptualisation of smart cities as data analytics, or civic mathematics, at an urban scale; whereas the latter foregrounds the transformations in the techno-legal apparatuses that make experiences and conditions of urban life and places amenable to exteriorisation as structured data, flowing within predetermined circuits of storage and usage, and available for computational analysis and actuation.
Keywords: Computing, Urban Data, Urban Computing, Urban Informatics, Primitive Accumulation, Smart Cities
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