Spheres and spaces
Public life pretends careful attention to
geographical considerations and to the
virtues of particularity.
Space of appearance
The polis as action
The space where I appear to others as
others appear to me.
Wherever men are together in the manner of
speech and action.
Engagement and action
The type of political life described by
Arendt is essential for the production of a
public sphere, where citizens can confer
about matters of general interest,
including the management of civic
“The Data Is the Data”
The industry’s language produce
autonomous systems acting on perfect
Adam Greenfield, Against the Smart City (2013)
A permanent place for conflict
In the city, confrontation and
disagreement are continuously ongoing.
Cities live in a condition of contestation
and dissensus, that is fundamental to
democracy, rather than in one of
consensus and rationality.
Design as Agonism
“Adversarial design” uses the means and
forms of design to challenge beliefs, values,
and what is taken to be fact.
Is it possible to imagine
(connected) things that
do the work of agonism
in the city?
Can we build typologies
to ask questions and
raise issues in society
How can we imagine an
urban political space that
considers the multiple
“spaces of appearance”
of the contemporary
Can we imagine new
“typologies of situated
Kevin Lynch, The Perceptual Form of the City (1954-59)
A new conceptual territory on which to
explore networked environments as post-optimal
“turns the attention away from the
familiar attempt to achieve optimum
performance levels and towards more
fundamental (philosophical, social,
Milano / Eindhoven
CITY | DATA | FUTURE
Venezia, September, 25th 2014