Big data and smart cities: is technology challenging or empowering citizenship?


The next Architecture and Citizenship event will look at the role of big data in the built environment. It will provide insight on how architects and designers can participate in the way data is aggregated, interpreted and used to inform decision-making in urban centres today. 

The use of digital technologies and data in cities is usually praised for the way it can help monitor environmental performance, study and design cities as they evolve, and connect people and professionals to construct more open, cross-disciplinary forms of urbanism. Nevertheless, smart cities are increasingly criticised for the way they use technology to impose top-down control, raising fears that they might foster urban exclusion rather than civic participation. Equally, smart cities raise questions about the growing role of private businesses and corporate entities that are increasingly taking over the functions of local governments.

This talk will address the challenges of smart cities and how digital technologies are used to shape real citizen engagement in urban development.

Speakers include:

- Bruce Durling, CTO and co-founder, of MastodonC

- Matthew Jukes, product manager at Better Cities

- Aleksandra Laska, head of corporate solutions at Improbable​

- Joe Shaw, researcher at Oxford Internet Institute 

- Ling Tan, designer at Umbrellium

Cost: from £15 + VAT

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A partnership between The Built Environment Trust and  Museum of Architecture.