The Right to the Smart City

ISBN: 978-1-78769-140-7, eISBN: 978-1-78769-139-1

Publication date: 7 June 2019


(2019), "Prelims", Cardullo, P., Di Feliciantonio, C. and Kitchin, R. (Ed.) The Right to the Smart City, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. i-xiv.



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List of Figures

Chapter 2
Figure 2.1. Map of Chennai with the Location of T. Nagar District Highlighted 33
Figure 2.2. Street Space in South Usman Road, T. Nagar, Chennai 34
Figure 2.3. Banner: “We Want Bread and Butter Not Smart City” Protest by National Hawker Federation, April 2016 37
Chapter 11
Figure 11.1. Design Thinking Tools Encountered at Urban Innovation Workshops 160

List of Tables

Chapter 1
Table 1.1. Smart City Technologies 3
Table 1.2. Social Justice and Data-driven Harms 14
Chapter 2
Table 2.1. Excerpt from Smart City Chennai Proposals Summarizing Key Components of the Project 35
Table 2.2. Excerpts from Smart City Chennai Proposal 36
Chapter 10
Table 10.1. Existing Hackathon Typology 138
Table 10.2. Hackathon Parts 139
Table 10.3. Hackathon Typology 141
Chapter 11
Table 11.1. Selection of Design-led Innovation Workshops and Examples Encountered 156
Table 11.2. Examples of Design Thinking Schools and Organizations 158
Chapter 13
Table 13.1. Barcelona’s Smart Citizen Flagship projects 181
Table 13.2. Barcelona’s Technological Sovereignty Areas of Intervention 184
Table 13.3. Remaking the Smart City Agenda toward Technological Sovereignty 185

About the Editors

Dr Paolo Cardullo is a postdoctoral researcher at The Programmable City at NIRSA, Maynooth University of Ireland. Previously, Associate Lecturer at Sociology Goldsmiths, University of London, where he defended his PhD in October 2013. He is a Zotero and FOSS evangelist and has published and peer-reviewed for numerous journals: more info and publications from

Dr Cesare Di Feliciantonio is Marie Curie Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, University of Leicester. He holds a double PhD in Geography from Sapienza-University of Rome and KU Leuven. His articles have been published, among others, on Antipode, Geoforum, and International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. In 2018 he was the recipient of the Gabriele Zanetto Prize.

Prof Rob Kitchin is a Professor in the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute and principal investigator of The Programmable City and Building City Dashboards projects. He is the author/editor of 28 books and the editor of the journal, Dialogues in Human Geography. He was the recipient of the Royal Irish Academy’s Gold Medal for the Social Sciences.

About the Contributors

Elizabeth Christoforetti, Supernormal, USA, teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Supernormal’s practice bridges the disciplines of architecture, urban design, and planning to bring increased sensitivity and systematization to urban space using improved quantitative methods. Christoforetti has conducted related research at the MIT Media Lab.

Michiel de Lange is Assistant Professor at Utrecht University’s Department of Media and Culture Studies. He studies (mobile) media and urban culture. He is the co-founder of The Mobile City, a platform for the study of new media and urbanism, and the [urban interfaces] research group.

Catherine D’Ignazio, Emerson College, USA, is an Assistant Professor and Visiting Faculty at the MIT Media Lab. Her work sits at the intersection of feminist technology, data, and civic engagement. Her forthcoming book from MIT Press, Data Feminism, co-authored with Lauren Klein, charts a course for more ethical and empowering data science practices in and with communities.

Jiska Engelbert is Assistant Professor Media Studies at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Her research focuses on the discursive construction of public issues under neoliberalism. She is a Senior Research Fellow (2018–2021) at the Centre for BOLD Cities and the Erasmus Institute for Public Knowledge, where she explores the political economy of smart cities.

Eric Gordon, Emerson College, USA, is the founding director of the Engagement Lab and professor. He is the author of Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World (Blackwell 2011, with Adriana de Souza e Silva) and The Urban Spectator: American Concept Cities From Kodak to Google (Dartmouth 2010), and the editor (with Paul Mihailidis) of Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice (MIT Press 2016).

Nancy Odendaal teaches city planning at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research examines the interrelationship between infrastructure, space, and urban life at the margins. Her most recent work focuses on smart cities and technology appropriation in cities of the global South.

Sung-Yueh Perng is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, Tunghai University, Taiwan. His research focuses on civic hacking to explore the influences of digital technologies on urban everyday life and governance. He has conducted research on Dublin and Boston and, in the future, on Taipei and other Asia-Pacific cities.

Ramon Ribera-Fumaz is Director of the Urban Transformation and Global Change Laboratory (TURBA) at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain. His research centers on the understanding of the political economy of city economies and governance within global digital capitalism and the prefiguration of post-capitalist alternatives.

Gabriele Schliwa is a postdoctoral researcher at the Utrecht University School of Governance. Her research interests focus on the interrelations between urban studies and design for governance innovation.

Andrew R. Schrock received his PhD from the University of Southern California. His research broadly considers how people use communication technologies to re-configure family, community, and democratic institutions. Most recently, he has written extensively on the “civic tech” movement and organizing around public sector technology design.

Alberto Vanolo, PhD in Spatial planning and local development at the Polytechnic of Turin, is Associate Professor of Political and Economic Geography at the University of Turin, Italy. His main research fields include urban studies and cultural geography.

Katharine S. Willis is Associate Professor in the School of Art, Design, and Architecture at Plymouth University, UK. Her research interests include smart cities, digital technologies, and the role of space/place. She is co-author with Alex Aurigi of “Digital and Smart Cities” (Routledge, 2017).