The intention behind the Ethical Smart Cities project is to discover and explore the different communities within cities. There is a huge diversity of opinions within and among different communities that make our cities. However, it is in these opinions that we find what is truly valuable to the community.
The idea of diversity is inextricably linked to our ideas of cities. As Geoffrey West puts it, “Cities are just a physical manifestation of your interactions, our interactions, and the clustering and grouping of individuals. [Simply put], we are the city.” Thus, diversity and collaboration are drivers of our cities. As the interactions between people multiply, opportunities and risks arise. On one hand an interdisciplinary group of people from across the world did come together for this project, on the other hand, it is 2020 and the interactions that do not follow the new social distancing norms can spread lethal viruses. In this time, there is a great urgency to listen and document the various voices of the community because there is a great deal of subjectivity in both hope and suffering.
We hope this blog catalyzes wider and deeper conversations for the different points of view within communities. So, here’s some points of view on Ethical Smart Cities.