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    The timescape of smart cities: The Programmable City Working Paper 35


    Kitchin, Rob (2017) The timescape of smart cities: The Programmable City Working Paper 35. Working Paper. The Programmable City Working Paper.

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    Abstract

    To date, critical examinations of smart cities have largely ignored their temporality. In this paper I consider smart cities from a temporal perspective arguing that they produce a new timescape and constitute space-time machines. The first half of the paper examines temporal relations and rhythms, exploring how smart cities are the products of and contribute to space-time compression, create new urban polyrhythms, alter the practices of scheduling, and change the pace and tempos of everyday activities. The second half of the paper details how smart cities shape the nature of temporal modalities, considering how they reframe and utilise the relationship between the past, present and future. The analysis draws from a set of 43 interviews conducted in Dublin, Ireland, and highlights that much of the power of smart urbanism is derived from how it produces a new timescape, rather than simply reconfiguring spatial relations.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: Published as an open access pre-print on SocArXiv: https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/y4e8p. Published under a CC-By Attribution 4.0 International License. The research for this paper has been conducted under the Programmable City project, funded by a European Research Council Advanced Investigator award (ERC-2012-AdG-323636-SOFTCITY). Many thanks to Claudio Coletta for comments on an earlier draft of this paper.
    Keywords: time; timescape; temporality; space-time; smart cities; rhythm; pace; tempo; scheduling; real-time; past; present; future;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 9237
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/Y4E8P
    Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
    Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2018 17:04
    Publisher: The Programmable City Working Paper
    Funders: European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award
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