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    The Timescape of Smart Cities

    Kitchin, Rob (2019) The Timescape of Smart Cities. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 109 (3). pp. 775-790. ISSN 2469-4452

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    To date, critical examinations of smart cities have largely ignored their temporality. In this article, I consider smart cities from a spatiotemporal perspective, arguing that they produce a new timescape and constitute space–time machines. The first half of the article examines spatiotemporal 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 article details how smart cities shape the nature of temporal modalities, considering how they reframe and utilize the relationship among the past, present, and future. The analysis draws from a set of forty-three 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: Article
    Additional Information: This is the postprint version of the published article, which is available at Rob Kitchin (2019) The Timescape of Smart Cities, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 109:3, 775-790, DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2018.1497475
    Keywords: smart cities; space–time; temporality; time; timescape;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Item ID: 14631
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    Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
    Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2021 16:58
    Journal or Publication Title: Annals of the American Association of Geographers
    Publisher: Taylor and Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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